Producing Atmosphere With Gardens
During his 40-year career as a garden writer and photographer, Derek Fell has actually created numerous garden spaces, many involving his better half Carolyn. The best example of their work can be seen at their home, historic Cedaridge Farm, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. There, they have created more than twenty style areas, consisting of shade gardens, bright perennial borders, tapestry gardens involving trees and shrubs, a home garden, herb garden, cutting garden and an enthusiastic water garden.
Derek worked as a specialist on garden design to the White House during the Gerald Ford Administration. Derek developed Ford's 'Win' garden, following his 'Win Speech', advising the country 10 ways to combat inflation.
Many garden designs by Derek Fell have been implemented without examining the site. The great late designer Frank Lloyd Wright developed lovely homes for his customers, completely from photographs without the need for a site assessment.
Fell's garden areas have been included in newspapers, magazines, books and also on tv, 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, consisting of 550 Home Landscaping Ideas (Simon & Schuster), The Encyclopedia of Garden Design (Firefly Books), The Total Garden Preparation Handbook (Friedman), Garden Accents (Henry Holt) and Home Landscaping (Simon & Schuster).
Suppress appeal and ambiance are essential to cheer up your propoerty or prepare it for sale. Do not hesitate to ask Derek any garden related questions despite how huge or small.
SOME GARDEN TYPES
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 strong sheet or as silver threads. A gorgeous water garden with waterfalls and stepping stones can be found in sunlight or shade. The water garden revealed here is located at Cedaridge Farm. It includes a pool for dipping, and it includes both a collection of koi and hardy 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.
Warm Perennial Border. This can be formal or informal, square, rectangular, round and kidney shaped, in the form of an island bed or backed against a decorative hedge, wall or fence. Plants can be picked to produce a parade of color through all the seasons, or concentrated for a specific season. Color themes can be polychromatic like a rainbow, monochromatic (for example all white - best 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 (among Monet's favorites). A popular seasonal garden design is two parallel border with a lawn course causing a focal point such as a sculpture or gazebo.
Tropical Garden. You do not need to live in a frost-free location to have a gorgeous tropical garden. At Cedaridge Farm we have two - one is a homage to the design approach of the late Roberto Burle Marx, who developed remarkable tropical gardens around Rio. It is in a gently shaded area and features plants that are durable (like 'Sum & Substance' hosta) but look tropical and tender plants that hurt (like banana trees and tree ferns) that either need moving inside your home throughout winter season or can be discarded like annuals at the end of the season. Our second tropical area is a patio with tropical plants grown in containers.
Shade Gardens. We design two sort of shade gardens - one where the plants supply primarily foliage interest (like ferns, hostas, heuchera and hakone grass), and plants that flower well (like impatiens, coleus, and lilies), or a combination of the two.
Forest Garden. Whether you have existing woodland or you need to produce a forest from scratch, the outcome can be astonishing. Decide whether you want deciduous trees that provide fall color or evergreens that remain green all winter season, or a mix. 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. 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 provide the prepare for a garden that was approved for the White house during the Ford Administration where Derek Fell worked as a garden consultant. 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 many 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 includes bulbs such as tulips and daffodils for spring, and ever-blooming annuals to follow the bulbs so armloads of flowers can be gathered from April through October.
Victorian Garden. A garden with romantic overtones! Imagine a white gazebo framed by primarily white flowers for a wedding event in the family. Or pick from among a number of 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 wrap it in shrub roses and climbers, plus those wonderful English cottage garden plants like poppies, sunflowers and pinks. We also like to consist of plants to draw in butterflies and hummingbirds.
Stream Garden. Lucky 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 do not 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 great deal of area for an efficient orchard. By making the right choices, fruit trees can be grown in containers or espaliered against fences and walls to save area. Peaches and apples can be trained over arbors. Just a couple of plants of little fruits like strawberries and raspberries can be highly efficient.
Bog Garden. Suitable for soils that tend to stay damp all season, bog gardens can be incredibly vibrant and highly imaginative, incorporating stepping stones and bridges to cross wet areas, 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 elements such as Chinese dragons. Derek Fell has actually twice 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 tradition using elements of Zen or Feng Shui, or a mix of the two disciplines to produce a wonderful space.
Italian Garden. Although Italian gardens can be highly extravagant, needing steep slopes to achieve the best impact, like the Rental property d'Este, near Rome, small areas can achieve the aura of an Italian garden. Derek Fell has not just visited some of the finest Italian Gardens, such as La Mortola on the Italian coast, and Boboli neglecting Florence, he has toured and photographed the Vatican Gardens.
French Official Garden. The elaborate design of Versailles Palace and Vaux le Vicompte, might be beyond your ways, but elements of French garden design, such as a parterre garden, can be incorporated in small spaces.
Monet's Garden. This stunning artist's garden north of Paris consists of more than a hundred special planting ideas to develop what Monet considered his biggest artwork. Additionally, his planting concepts have certainly motivated more new garden design than any other garden. Monet's arched bridge, his waterlily pond, his arches resulting in the entrance of his house, and his color consistencies are just 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 composed primarily of trees and shrubs, not just as a labor saving device, but to provide a tapestry of color from leaf colors, leaf texture and leaf shapes. What could be more enticing than to look out of a window of your home at an abundant foliage panorama, including all tones of green from light green to dark-green, plus blue, silver, gold, bronze?