Kitchen garden glamour

In the next instalment of our blog about this summer's garden design project, we explain how we created a practical and picturesque kitchen garden...

Such an extraordinary garden required an extraordinary vegetable plot. The client explained her passion for cooking, and wanted this to extend onto the kitchen terrace with fresh ingredients ready for cutting, all grown in raised beds for easy picking.

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This part of the garden quickly became the hub of the home, combining elements of a potager garden with the formality of a par terre to create year-round interest. At its heart were a series of striking, kiln-dried oak beds, which, like giant Jenga pieces, wrapped themselves around the herbs, vegetables and espalier fruit trees.

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Crafted by a local artisan carpenter, with an unusual hidden locking system and unique curved sides – planed to create undulating, snaking planters – 10 tones of oak were used in its construction and 15 tones of soil were poured into the beds, using 5 metres of conveyor belts and ramps. The finished construction created a striking sculptural centrepiece, which could be viewed from the drive and from the upper floors of the house.

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