Creating Ambiance with gardens9

Developing Atmosphere With Gardens

Throughout his 40-year profession as a garden author and professional photographer, Derek Fell has actually developed various garden areas, many including his partner Carolyn. The very 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 theme areas, including shade gardens, sunny seasonal borders, tapestry gardens including trees and shrubs, a cottage garden, herb garden, cutting garden and an ambitious water garden.

Derek worked as an expert on garden design to the White House during the Gerald Ford Administration. Derek created Ford's 'Win' garden, following his 'Win Speech', advising the country ten ways to eliminate inflation.

Many garden designs by Derek Fell have been executed without inspecting the website. The great late designer Frank Lloyd Wright developed beautiful houses for his clients, totally from pictures without the need for a site assessment.

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

Derek has actually authored more than sixty books and garden calendars, consisting of 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 ambiance are very important to illuminate your propoerty or prepare it for sale. Do not hesitate to ask Derek any garden associated concerns despite how big or little.


Water Garden. Water is the music of nature. It can be fooled over stones, cascaded from a great height so its crashes onto rocks. It can fall in a strong sheet or as silver threads. A beautiful water garden with waterfalls and stepping stones can be located in sunlight or shade. The water garden revealed here lies at Cedaridge Farm. It consists of a pool for dipping, and it features both a collection of koi and sturdy water lilies. A popular water garden design features a koi swimming pool fed by a series of waterfalls, and the water re-circulated through filters to keep the water clear.

Sunny Seasonal Border. This can be formal or informal, 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 chosen 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), or it can include an Impressionist color harmony, 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 perennial garden design is 2 parallel border with a lawn course leading to a focal point such as a sculpture or gazebo.

Tropical Garden. You do not need to live in a frost-free area to have a gorgeous tropical garden. At Cedaridge Farm we have two - one is a homage to the design philosophy of the late Roberto Burle Marx, who developed dramatic tropical gardens around Rio. It is in a gently shaded area and functions plants that are hardy (like 'Sum & Compound' hosta) but look tropical and tender plants that are tender (like banana trees and tree ferns) that either need moving inside throughout winter season 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 2 sort of shade gardens - one where the plants supply mostly foliage interest (like ferns, hostas, heuchera and hakone turf), and plants that flower well (like impatiens, coleus, and lilies), or a combination of the two.

Woodland Garden. Whether you have existing forest or you need to produce a woodland from scratch, the outcome can be sensational. Choose whether you want deciduous trees that offer fall color or evergreens that remain green all winter, or a mixture. At Cedaridge we made a 'cathedral' garden where the existing trees are cut high so the trunks appear like the columns of a cathedral, and the branches arch out to satisfy overhead like the vaulted ceiling of a cathedral. Listed below, we supply 2 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 effect. We can offer the plan for a garden that was authorized for the White house during the Ford Administration where Derek Fell worked as a garden specialist. Derek Fell's book, "Veggies - 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 offer a cartwheel design or a parterre herb garden for abundant 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 mostly white flowers for a wedding in the family. Or pick from among several color consistencies, such as yellow and blue, red, pink and silver, or blue, pink and white.

Cottage Garden. You don't need a home to have a cottage garden. But if you do, such as a guest cottage, why not cover it in shrub roses and climbers, plus those delightful English cottage garden plants like poppies, sunflowers and pinks. We also like to consist of 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 poison 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 create a design where the water is re-circulated along one that's manufactured but looks natural.

Orchard. You don't need a lot of space for a productive orchard. By making the right choices, fruit trees can be grown in containers or espaliered against fences and walls to save space. Peaches and apples can be trained over arbors. Just a couple of plants of small fruits like strawberries and raspberries can be extremely productive.

Bog Garden. Suitable for soils that tend to stay damp all season, bog gardens can be exceptionally colorful and highly creative, integrating stepping stones and bridges to cross damp areas, and growing some of nature's most diverse plant households, such as water iris, Japanese primroses, astilbe and waterlilies.

Japanese Garden. The issue with many Japanese gardens is a tendency to use pseudo-Japanese elements such as Chinese dragons. Derek Fell has two times traveled to Japan, has composed acclaimed articles about Japanese garden design, and has the experience to design authentic-looking spaces in the Japanese tradition using elements of Zen or Feng Shui, or a mix of the two disciplines to create a wonderful area.

Italian Garden. Although Italian gardens can be highly extravagant, requiring high slopes to achieve the very best impact, like the Villa d'Este, near Rome, small areas can achieve the aura of an Italian garden. Derek Fell has not just went to a few of the finest Italian Gardens, such as La Mortola on the Italian coast, and Boboli overlooking Florence, he has actually explored and photographed the Vatican Gardens.

French Formal Garden. The fancy design of Versailles Palace and Vaux le Vicompte, might be beyond your methods, but elements of French garden design, such as a parterre garden, can be incorporated in little spaces.

Monet's Garden. This lovely artist's garden north of Paris includes more than a hundred special planting ideas to develop what Monet considered his greatest masterpiece. Furthermore, his planting ideas have undoubtedly inspired more new garden design than any other garden. Monet's arched bridge, his waterlily pond, his arches leading to the entryway of his house, and his color harmonies are simply some examples of Monet's development that people today like to replicate.

Tapestry Garden (Trees & Shrubs). The great French Impressionist artist, Paul Cezanne's garden, in Provence, is made up mostly of trees and shrubs, not just as a labor conserving device, but to supply a tapestry of color from leaf colors, leaf texture and leaf shapes. What could be more attractive than to look out of a window of your home at a rich foliage panorama, consisting of all shades of green from light green to dark-green, plus blue, silver, gold, bronze?



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