Acer Garden with Decks and Fire Bowl

Project Summary

This large, sloped garden belongs to a beautiful contemporary house on an exclusive road in Otford, near Sevenoaks in Kent. The garden was a large grass slope, a completely blank canvas, which the client wanted to transform into a world-class acer garden with an entertainment area at the top of the garden overlooking the house below.


We started by creating an immaculate backdrop of mature yew hedging and cedar Venetian screening to set the scene for two cascading circular Millboard decks that were carved into the hill. These were framed by log rolls in a nod to the Japanese garden style the client enjoys. A curated selection of Japanese acers of all colours and larger specimen niwaki trees and an ancient olive tree create instant impact. The whole garden was fitted with premium artificial lawn. The decks are furnished with fully upholstered outdoor sofas and bespoke cushions, all grouped around a fire bowl. A large cantilever patio heater and dramatic decorative lighting make this a perfect nighttime entertainment spot for all seasons.

Large Specimen Tree Planting

To achieve a mature look, several large specimen trees, amongst them an ancient olive tree, and a large Niwaki pine had to be flown in and put in place via helicopter. Collaborating with Architectural Plants, we sourced a helicopter and pilot with the skills to place the trees accurately inside the large tree pits that had been excavated. From securing permission to temporarily storing the trees on an adjacent field, to ensuring the trees were safely wrapped and strapped inside the hoisting gear and planted on arrival, the smooth delivery of this spectacular garden was orchestrated to the satisfaction of this discerning client.


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