Created from a steep bank overlooking Nailsworth in Gloucestershire it would have been easy to try and create a sense of level spaces. However, with this Garden the story seemed much more about intensifying the sense of precariousness and creating a garden which appeared to cling to the steep landscape, giving the appearance almost of a hanging gardens.
The first sweeping terrace is made up of a rich floral meadow planted with unusual birch and hornbeams, evoking but not replicating the local natural tree types.
The main Gardened Terrace is then split into three distinct areas, a potager vegetable garden, informal pool garden and a gravel based rose garden planted with lavenders and rosemary.
Leading up from this is the Upper Terrace which is entirely paved allowing for entertaining. A series of large lead cisterns are planted with roses, wisteria and vines that scramble up the oak supporting posts of the elevated veranda that are positioned along the length of this terrace.
The elevated oak veranda is wide enough to take further lead cisterns for smaller multi-stem birches and gives sweeping views across the valley.