Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Creating Ambiance with gardens3

Producing Ambiance With Gardens

Throughout his 40-year career as a garden writer and professional photographer, Derek Fell has actually designed numerous garden spaces, many involving his wife Carolyn. The best example of their work can be seen at their home, historical Cedaridge Farm, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. There, they have designed more than twenty style areas, including shade gardens, sunny perennial borders, tapestry gardens including trees and shrubs, a cottage garden, herb garden, cutting garden and an enthusiastic water garden.

Derek worked as a consultant on garden design to the White House throughout the Gerald Ford Administration. Derek designed Ford's 'Win' garden, following his 'Win Speech', recommending the nation ten ways to combat inflation.

Many garden styles by Derek Fell have been carried out without inspecting the site. The great late architect Frank Lloyd Wright created gorgeous homes for his clients, totally from pictures without the need for a website inspection.

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

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

Curb appeal and atmosphere are very important to illuminate your propoerty or prepare it for sale. Do not hesitate to ask Derek any garden associated questions regardless of how huge or little.


Water Garden. Water is the music of nature. It can be deceived over stones, cascaded from a great height so its crashes onto rocks. It can fall in a solid sheet or as silver threads. A stunning water garden with waterfalls and stepping stones can be located in sunshine or shade. The water garden shown here lies at Cedaridge Farm. It includes a pool for dipping, and it features 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 Perennial Border. This can be official or casual, square, rectangle-shaped, round and kidney shaped, in the form of an island bed or backed against an ornamental hedge, wall or fence. Plants can be picked to produce a parade of color through all the seasons, or concentrated for a particular season. Color styles can be polychromatic like a rainbow, monochromatic (for instance all white - perfect for a wedding event), or it can include 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 (one of Monet's favorites). A popular seasonal garden design is 2 parallel border with a grass course 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 2 - one is a tribute to the design philosophy of the late Roberto Burle Marx, who developed significant tropical gardens around Rio. It remains in a gently shaded area and functions plants that are hardy (like 'Amount & Compound' hosta) but look tropical and tender plants that hurt (like banana trees and tree ferns) that either need moving indoors during winter or can be discarded like annuals at the end of the season. Our second tropical space is a patio with tropical plants grown in containers.

Shade Gardens. We design two type of shade gardens - one where the plants offer 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.

Woodland Garden. Whether you have existing woodland or you need to develop a woodland from scratch, the result can be sensational. Decide whether you want deciduous trees that provide fall color or evergreens that stay green all winter season, or a mix. At Cedaridge we made a 'cathedral' garden where the existing trees are trimmed high so the trunks appear like the columns of a cathedral, and the branches arch out to satisfy overhead like the risen ceiling of a cathedral. Below, we provide 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 vegetables are planted in blocks or an edible landscape where edibles are grown for ornamental impact. We can provide the plan for a garden that was authorized for the White house during the Ford Administration where Derek Fell worked as a garden consultant. 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 bountiful harvests of fresh herbs. The Herb Garden can also do double-duty as a vegetable garden.

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

Victorian Garden. A garden with romantic overtones! Envision a white gazebo framed by primarily white flowers for a wedding in the family. Or pick from amongst several color harmonies, such as yellow and blue, red, pink and silver, or blue, pink and white.

Home Garden. You don't need a home to have a cottage garden. But if you do, such as a visitor cottage, why not cover 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 attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Stream Garden. Fortunate 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 toxin ivy and brambles. Today it is criss-crossed with bridges, and beds of moisture-loving plants like astilbe and water iris. If you don't have a stream, but would like one, we can develop a design where the water is re-circulated along one that's manufactured but looks natural.

Orchard. You don't need a great deal of area 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. Simply a few plants of small fruits like strawberries and raspberries can be highly productive.

Bog Garden. Perfect for soils that tend to stay damp all season, bog gardens can be exceptionally colorful and highly imaginative, including stepping stones and bridges to cross wet locations, and growing some of nature's most varied 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 aspects such as Chinese dragons. Derek Fell has two times traveled to Japan, has actually written award-winning articles about Japanese garden design, and has the experience to design authentic-looking areas in the Japanese custom using aspects of Zen or Feng Shui, or a mix of the two disciplines to create a magical space.

Italian Garden. Although Italian gardens can be highly ostentatious, requiring steep slopes to achieve the best result, like the Villa d'Este, near Rome, little spaces can achieve the aura of an Italian garden. Derek Fell has not just checked out a few of the finest Italian Gardens, such as La Mortola on the Italian coast, and Boboli overlooking Florence, he has visited and photographed the Vatican Gardens.

French Formal Garden. The intricate design of Versailles Palace and Vaux le Vicompte, might be beyond your ways, but aspects of French garden design, such as a parterre garden, can be integrated in small spaces.

Monet's Garden. This stunning artist's garden north of Paris contains more than a hundred unique planting concepts to create what Monet considered his biggest masterpiece. Moreover, his planting concepts have unquestionably 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 just some examples of Monet's innovation that people today like to replicate.

Tapestry Garden (Trees & Shrubs). The great French Impressionist artist, Paul Cezanne's garden, in Provence, is made up mainly of trees and shrubs, not only as a labor saving gadget, but to offer a tapestry of color from leaf colors, leaf texture and leaf shapes. What could be more attractive than to watch 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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