Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Creating Ambiance with gardens6

Developing Atmosphere With Gardens

During his 40-year profession as a garden writer and professional photographer, Derek Fell has actually designed many garden areas, many involving his wife Carolyn. The best example of their work can be seen at their home, historic Cedaridge Farm, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. There, they have designed more than twenty style areas, including shade gardens, warm seasonal borders, tapestry gardens including trees and shrubs, a home garden, herb garden, cutting garden and an ambitious water garden.

Derek worked as a consultant on garden design to the White House during the Gerald Ford Administration. Derek created Ford's 'Win' garden, following his 'Win Speech', encouraging the nation ten ways to eliminate inflation.

Many garden designs by Derek Fell have been carried out without inspecting the website. The great late architect Frank Lloyd Wright developed gorgeous houses for his customers, entirely from photographs without the need for a website assessment.

Fell's garden spaces have been featured in newspapers, publications, books and also on tv, consisting of Architectural Digest, Gardens Illustrated, The Garden (the publication of the Royal Horticultural Society), Country Gardens, HGTV, QVC and PBS.

Derek has authored more than sixty books and garden calendars, consisting of 550 Home Landscaping Concepts (Simon & Schuster), The Encyclopedia of Garden Design (Firefly Books), The Complete Garden Preparation Manual (Friedman), Garden Accents (Henry Holt) and Home Landscaping (Simon & Schuster).

Curb appeal and ambiance are very important to cheer up your propoerty or prepare it for sale. Feel free to ask Derek any garden related concerns regardless of how big or small.


Water Garden. Water is the music of nature. It can be fooled over stones, cascaded from a great height so its crashes onto rocks. It can fall in a solid sheet or as silver threads. A gorgeous water garden with waterfalls and stepping stones can be found in sunshine or shade. The water garden shown here is located at Cedaridge Farm. It includes a pool for dipping, and it includes both a collection of koi and durable water lilies. A popular water garden design includes a koi pool fed by a series of waterfalls, and the water re-circulated through filters to keep the water clear.

Bright Seasonal Border. This can be official or casual, square, rectangular, round and kidney shaped, in the form of an island bed or backed versus a decorative hedge, wall or fence. Plants can be selected to produce a parade of color through all the seasons, or focused for a particular season. Color styles can be polychromatic like a rainbow, monochromatic (for example all white - best for a wedding), or it can feature an Impressionist color consistency, such as yellow and purple; orange and blue; red, pink and silver; blue, pink and white; even black and white or black and orange (among Monet's favorites). A popular perennial garden design is two parallel border with a lawn path causing a centerpiece such as a sculpture or gazebo.

Tropical Garden. You do not need to reside in a frost-free area to have a lovely tropical garden. At Cedaridge Farm we have two - one is a tribute to the design philosophy of the late Roberto Burle Marx, who developed remarkable tropical gardens around Rio. It remains in a lightly shaded area and features plants that are durable (like 'Sum & Substance' hosta) but look tropical and tender plants that hurt (like banana trees and tree ferns) that either need moving inside your home during winter season or can be disposed of like annuals at the end of the season. Our 2nd tropical space is a patio area with tropical plants grown in containers.

Shade Gardens. We design 2 sort of shade gardens - one where the plants provide mainly foliage interest (like ferns, hostas, heuchera and hakone yard), and plants that flower well (like impatiens, coleus, and lilies), or a mix of the two.

Forest Garden. Whether you have existing forest or you need to produce a woodland from scratch, the result can be marvelous. Decide whether you want deciduous trees that provide fall color or evergreens that stay green all winter, or a mixture. At Cedaridge we made a 'cathedral' garden where the existing trees are cut high so the trunks appear like the columns of a cathedral, and the branches arch out to meet overhead like the risen ceiling of a cathedral. Below, we offer two more layers of interest, at ground level and the under-story.

Vegetable Garden. We can design you an easy-care garden of raised beds where veggies are planted in blocks or an edible landscape where edibles are grown for ornamental result. We can provide the prepare for a garden that was approved for the White house throughout the Ford Administration where Derek Fell worked as a garden expert. Derek Fell's book, "Vegetables - How to Select, Grow & Enjoy", won a best book award from the Garden Writers Association.

Herb Garden. The herb garden at Cedaridge Farm is a 'quadrant design', function in numerous calendars and books, consisting of Derek Fell's 'Herb Gardening for Beginners.' We can also provide a cartwheel design or a parterre herb garden for plentiful harvests of fresh herbs. The Herb Garden can also do double-duty as a vegetable garden.

Cutting Garden. The cutting garden at Cedaridge Farm includes bulbs such as tulips and daffodils for spring, and ever-blooming annuals to follow the bulbs so armloads of flowers can be collected from April through October.

Victorian Garden. A garden with romantic overtones! Picture a white gazebo framed by mostly white flowers for a wedding in the family. Or select from among numerous color consistencies, such as yellow and blue, red, pink and silver, or blue, pink and white.

Cottage Garden. You do not need a home to have a cottage garden. But if you do, such as a visitor cottage, why not wrap it in shrub roses and climbers, plus those wonderful English home garden plants like poppies, sunflowers and pinks. We also like to include plants to draw in butterflies and hummingbirds.

Stream Garden. Lucky you if you have an existing stream to be landscaped. At Cedaridge Farm we have a stream, but when we moved here it was overgrown with poison ivy and brambles. Today it is criss-crossed with bridges, and beds of moisture-loving plants like astilbe and water iris. If you do not have a stream, but would like one, we can create a design where the water is re-circulated along one that's man-made but looks natural.

Orchard. You don't need a lot of space for a productive orchard. By making the best options, fruit trees can be grown in containers or espaliered against fences and walls to save space. Peaches and apples can be trained over arbors. Just a couple of plants of little fruits like strawberries and raspberries can be extremely efficient.

Bog Garden. Suitable for soils that tend to remain wet all season, bog gardens can be very vibrant and extremely creative, including stepping stones and bridges to cross damp areas, and growing some of nature's most diverse plant households, such as water iris, Japanese primroses, astilbe and waterlilies.

Japanese Garden. The problem with many Japanese gardens is a propensity to use pseudo-Japanese components such as Chinese dragons. Derek Fell has two times traveled to Japan, has actually composed award-winning posts about Japanese garden design, and has the experience to design authentic-looking areas in the Japanese custom using components of Zen or Feng Shui, or a mix of the two disciplines to produce a wonderful space.

Italian Garden. Although Italian gardens can be extremely ostentatious, needing steep slopes to achieve the best result, like the Vacation home d'Este, near Rome, little spaces can achieve the aura of an Italian garden. Derek Fell has not only went to a few of the finest Italian Gardens, such as La Mortola on the Italian coast, and Boboli overlooking Florence, he has actually toured and photographed the Vatican Gardens.

French Formal Garden. The sophisticated design of Versailles Palace and Vaux le Vicompte, may be beyond your ways, but aspects of French garden design, such as a parterre garden, can be included in small areas.

Monet's Garden. This beautiful artist's garden north of Paris contains more than a hundred unique planting concepts to develop what Monet considered his biggest work of art. Additionally, his planting concepts have certainly influenced more new garden design than any other garden. Monet's arched bridge, his waterlily pond, his arches leading to the entrance of his house, and his color consistencies are simply some examples of Monet's development that people today like to emulate.

Tapestry Garden (Trees & Shrubs). The great French Impressionist artist, Paul Cezanne's garden, in Provence, is composed mostly of trees and shrubs, not only as a labor conserving gadget, but to offer a tapestry of color from leaf colors, leaf texture and leaf shapes. What could be more enticing than to look out of a window of your home at an abundant foliage panorama, including all shades of green from light green to dark-green, plus blue, silver, gold, bronze?

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