Classic and Contemporary Garden Designs


22Jul, 2023

A City Garden Retreat

  • By Richard Walters
  • 22 Jul 2023
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Norwich City Gardens Working on smaller city gardens can be extremely enjoyable.  It’s very satisfying seeing a small, unloved area turning into a beautiful and useable area for outside living.  This project, for David and Laila, was a great example, with a fantastic end result. This city garden retreat now provides a relaxing and unoverlooked area for city living. Overlooked Back Garden The back garden was overlooked and lacking in privacy when i first visited on a cold winters day. With a shed in one...

15Jul, 2023

A Norfolk Coastal Garden in Gorleston

  • By Richard Walters
  • 15 Jul 2023
  • Projects

A Norfolk Coastal Garden Visiting previous Clients and seeing how their gardens are looking is one of the pleasures of a garden designer’s life.  For this Norfolk coastal garden, very close to the sea, I designed an informal Mediterranean style garden. The oval lawn was surrounded by a path bordered with grasses and light and airy perennials. I visited the Client, Penny, after the garden had been in for over a year  I was gratified to see how well Penny was taking care of the...

27Nov, 2019

An Urban Jungle in a Norwich Garden

  • By Richard Walters
  • 27 Nov 2019
  • Projects

Meeting the Clients In 2017 I was approached by Clients in Norwich to produce an urban jungle garden design for their uninspiring city garden. Tsubi and Rich had just relocated to Norfolk and were keen on having an exciting and plant packed back garden. As you can see from the photos, the garden was little more than a dog run when they got there! However, we all believed that the garden could be transformed into a wonderful area. The Clients were keen to offer me...

12Oct, 2019

No Garden to Show Garden – a City Garden Design

  • By Richard Walters
  • 12 Oct 2019
  • Projects

Earlier this year I was approached by Vicki and Andy to provide a city garden design for their newly purchased property in Norwich.  Situated within the Golden Triangle and nearby the lovely Plantation Gardens, their own garden was sadly neglected, dominated by old decking and a dilapidated Wendy House. However we could see it had potential to be a nice entertaining area and peaceful retreat and I was very happy to transform the garden. Project Brief Before coming up with a plan I needed to...

9Oct, 2019

Creating A Small Garden Design in Hemsby, Norfolk

  • By Richard Walters
  • 9 Oct 2019
  • Projects

About a year ago, I was approached by David and Jayne from Hemsby who had recently moved into a house that sadly lacked any sort of garden at all. They asked me to provide a cost for a small garden design and installation.  The garden (measuring c. 7.5m x 9m ) comprised a very small seating area, an oil tank and a lawn made up mainly of dandelions. In order to provide a quotation I then took some measurements and photographs of the front and...

23Sep, 2019

A Mediterranean Garden Design and Build, North Norfolk

  • By Richard Walters
  • 23 Sep 2019
  • Projects

I completed a lovely Mediterranean garden design and build project earlier this year nearby Holt in North Norfolk.  The requirement was to create a modern patio area and wildlife friendly Mediterranean style garden. Hopefully this blog article will be interesting for anyone looking to put in a similar garden. After meeting with the Clients, David and Helen, I noted their specific requirements and provided a budgetary cost for an indicative project. They were happy to go ahead, at which point I surveyed the garden, measuring...

28May, 2019

Blickling Hall and Gardens

Any looking for ideas for a great day out in Norfolk should certainly consider visiting Blickling Hall and Gardens. Set in grounds covering 4,600 acres and with beautiful gardens covering 55 acres, with bike trails, picnic spots and the majestic Blickling Hall to visit, this is one of Norfolk’s top visitor locations with good reason. The Hall itself is impressive.  Built in c. 1616 (although there was an original Hall and estate there long before, possibly the birthplace of Anne Boleyn), it is well worth...

12Sep, 2018

The Bishop’s Garden, Norwich

If looking for a novel and fun garden visit without travelling too far from Norwich, then you should certainly consider The Bishop’s Garden. Occupying 4 acres of formal gardens the Bishop’s Garden is located in the centre of Norwich near the Cathedral, opposite the Law Courts. This is an ancient garden site dating back to the 11th century when the Cathedral and Palace were originally constructed. In the early 14th century the grounds were enlarged to reach their current size whilst the grand encompassing walls...

2Sep, 2018

Balchik Palace and Gardens – A Beachside Residence!

As a garden designer, whenever I travel to different parts of the world, whether Norfolk, UK or worldwide, I always love to visit new and different gardens to gain inspiration relating to planting schemes, water features, sculptures etc. Whilst in foreign countries its also very interesting to see how local conditions affect plants that we normally only see growing in a UK climate. This year I decided to write up blogs about these gardens to provide ideas and guidance for anyone with a similar love...

22Jul, 2018

Raveningham Hall and Gardens – A Great Norfolk Garden

As a garden designer I am always interested in visiting beautiful gardens to increase my planting knowledge and to seek out new styles and approaches. This year I have been doing so with a group of like minded fellow garden designers and, for the first time, have decided to write these up in a series of online blogs. Raveningham Hall and Gardens Raveningham Hall and Gardens, an RHS Partner Garden, lies roughly equidistant between Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, near Loddon. Raveningham Hall (built c....