GARDEN PROJECT

Description. The garden territory is situated in a sea resort city nearby a beautiful pine forest. The site has outstanding natural values: the closeness of the forest and sea, natural blueberry ground cover and the wooden architecture of the living house, which merges naturally with the forest. The territory also has noteworthy height differences - the house is situated on a natural dune hill and the terrain goes down from the house to all sides.

 

Client's requirements. The client wished to design a cosy garden, which would satisfy the requirements of all family members. The garden plan has to include: a parking lot for the family car and one guest car, a summer terrace by the summer entrance, a sandpit for the smallest child and a playground for bigger children and a basketball area for the father.

 

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Design concept. To find the right solution for the varied family wishes, there were three different concepts elaborated, which all included the necessary garden functions: landscape garden concept, forest garden concept and geometrical garden concept.

Garden design - garden project, forest garden with 2 ponds, garden layout

Landscape garden concept. The landscape concept design is performed in dynamic, freeform lines to merge with the natural terrain and surroundings. There are two wooden terraces by the house - one by the main entrance and the other one by the summer entrance, which is organized in two different height levels. The parking lot is planned from eco-pavement, which means, that there will be grass growing inbetween the pavers, which will make the parking lot to fit into the natural surroundings. The entrance gate is split into the car drive-in and the pedestrian gate, which are placed between the existing pine trees. The path from pedestrian gate goes into the main entrance of the house, but the drive-in is connected to the garage entrance. Plantings in the front area are composed of colorful annual flowers and evergreen plants to provide decorativity all through the year. On the west side of the house there is a path with stairs coming up the hill, which is covered by ground covering  plants. On the other hand, the east side contains plantings with decorative summer aspect: perennial flowers, annual flowers and flowering shrubs, which will screen the clildren's sandpit from the road.

On the other side of the house there is the existing slope maintained, on which the children's slide is situated. On both sides of the slide there are stairs, made of round wooden poles, which will suit perfectly to the natural style of the site. Down the hill nearby the slide there will be a trampoline placed into the ground. The playground is covered by pine mulch to continue the natural concept. A separate activity area with hard pavement is designed for basketball activities. The basket is oriented towards the forest, so that the ball doesn't fall into a neighbour's property. A net can be attached to an existing pine there to catch the ball and to throw it back into the garden. The neighbour gardens on the east side of the territory are screened by a dense group of plantings. The view towards the forest on the other hand is left open.

Garden design - garden project, forest garden with 2 ponds, garden layout

Forest garden concept. Another design concept is to underline the natural values of the territory by keeping the natural forest ground cover, to use natural materials and to perform minimal intrusion in the natural landscape.

The natural forest ground cover is kept in all the north and east side of the garden. Rhododendron and juniper planting group will fit well with the blueberry ground cover and the existing pines since these plants have the same soil pH preferences and act as a representative planting for the representative area. On the other side of the house there is an existing hill, where a stone path is designed and a natural plant stone garden. The wooden terrace on the other side of the house is designed in a simple, round form with a colorful accent of flower pots in one corner. The children's sandpit is placed near the house in direct view from the kitchen and lounge. The playground is organized freely in the main recreational lawn, it contains also swings and a climbing net. Two parallel stone lines, inserted in the ground level, organize the functions in the garden by separating the basketball area from the children's play area and surrounding plantings. The stones will also match well with the stone path and stone garden on the west side of the building. By the basketball field two fastenings in both sides of the basket and one on the neighbouring tree will hold a net for returning the ball back in the field.

Garden design - garden project, forest garden with 2 ponds, garden layout

Geometrical garden concept. The geometrical concept plays with different geometrical shapes and lines. The planting groups in the whole garden are arranged in corner shaped forms, the same goes for different pavement types. The two parking areas are connected by a quadrangle of a stone pavement. The path around the house is organized in straight sections with stairs inbetween. The sandpit is a rectangle, bordered by a concrete paver path from one side and a wooden path from the other side. The children's playground is organized in two parts - one paved by pine mulch, containing a horse shaped toy and the other one paved by sand, containing a special net for climbing. The slide over the hill connects both playgrounds. The sand playground borders with the basketball area, made of concrete plates. The neighbouring gardens are screened by dense decorative plantings on one side and by a trellis with flowering climbers on the other side.

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garden design - garden project, private garden next to a forest, garden plan detail

Front garden

Garden design - garden project, private garden next to a forest, garden plan detail

Trampoline and slide

Garden design - garden project, private garden next to a forest, garden plan detail

Sandpit with seats

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garden design - garden project, private garden next to a forest, garden plan detail

Children's play area

Garden design - garden project, private garden next to a forest, garden plan detail

Summer terrace

 

 

 

 

Garden design - garden project, private garden next to a forest, garden plan detail

Children's play area