Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Japanese Garden Design in Reading

This garden in Reading, Berkshire is desperately in need of a makeover.  The client loves Japanese style gardens, so I created a garden design scheme that makes good use of the space in a simple, elegant way with a Japanese flavour.

  Reading Garden - Before

Reading Garden - Before

Reading Garden - Before

The requirements were a large dining area in the sunniest spot in the garden, a Japanese courtyard, spaces for the client to display his Bonsai collection, and an area with a pathway through trees. 

Garden Design Reading - Master Plan

The scheme uses simple geometric shapes to give the garden symmetry.  The garden design makes use of the whole garden, enclosing the house and making the garden feel more private.  

Garden Design Reading - Aerial View 1

A large terrace with a pergola provides height, interest, a sense of enclosure and privacy.  A paved walkway with arches leads from the dining area creating interest, encouraging exploration and providing a natural journey around the garden. On one side of the pathway is a raised area for displaying the client’s Bonsai collection. The pathway leads into a part covered Japanese style courtyard with a tiled roof, seat, and a planting area with a water basin.  This area is perfect for quiet contemplation and also gives the garden a sense of cohesion, greater space and privacy from the outside world.

Garden Design Reading - view of woodland walkway

Japanese elements such as lanterns and water rocks are used as focal points throughout the garden.  A stepping stone path curves through the trees to one side of the front garden and around the side of the house.  The path is broken by a dry, rock stream bed traversed by a wooden bridge, it then continues along the side of the house to give purpose and interest to an otherwise dead area of the garden.

Garden Design Reading - Aerial View 2

Slatted screens are used around the garden to disguise sheds and cover up any old fencing that is not being replaced.  These baton screens serve as backdrops, but also help update the garden and give it a Japanese flavour.

 Garden Design Reading - view of Japanese courtyard and woodland walkway

All the practical requirements have been addressed, but within a Japanese aesthetic.  The garden has a taste of Japan without resorting to pastiche. The client is delighted and can’t wait to get the garden built.


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