Inspiration for designing your garden – Beth Chatto

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In 1960 Beth Chatto set about transforming a wasteland on the edges of her husband’s family fruit farm near Elmstead Market, Essex.It is now a world renown garden.

Her skill was not to fight nature but use species that suited the terrain and soil conditions, creating the intersecting lakes, bog and dry gardens. It seems obvious now but at that time gardeners were still making a garden look like they wanted without regard to the time and effort and expense it needed to have something grow where it didn’t want to.

One of her mottos was how could a plant thrive under difficult conditions.

She is nearly 94 and apparently still zips around on her mobility scooter as she lives within the garden.

These pictures are just of the largest lake. This weeks later blogs will also focus on her dry garden. and planting in the beds.


By |2019-03-28T18:29:04+00:00March 6th, 2017|Blog, Grasses|Comments Off on Inspiration for designing your garden – Beth Chatto

About the Author:

In 2006 I formed Glorious Gardens, gathering together skilled practitioners to offer not just design but implementation of these designs and maintenance packages where we could look after the gardens once we had created them. Throughout my career I have designed gardens to inspire people with the heart aching beauty of nature, with shapes, colours, moods and proportions to pleasure the body and calm and delight the mind. I am also an artist who works with colour and abstract shapes and I bring this sensitivity to the 4 dimensions of a garden. I am very good at listening to clients and I’m able to draw out the essence of what a client wants for their outdoor space.