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Creating Ambiance With Gardens

Throughout his 40-year career as a garden author and professional photographer, Derek Fell has actually developed various garden areas, many including his spouse 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 theme areas, consisting of shade gardens, warm 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 throughout the Gerald Ford Administration. Derek developed Ford's 'Win' garden, following his 'Win Speech', advising the nation 10 ways to fight inflation.

Many garden styles by Derek Fell have been executed without inspecting the site. The great late designer Frank Lloyd Wright designed beautiful homes for his clients, completely from pictures without the need for a website evaluation.

Fell's garden areas have been featured in papers, magazines, books and also on tv, including Architectural Digest, Gardens Illustrated, The Garden (the magazine of the Royal Horticultural Society), Nation Gardens, HGTV, QVC and PBS.

Derek has actually authored more than sixty books and garden calendars, including 550 Home Landscaping Ideas (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 important to brighten up your propoerty or prepare it for sale. Feel free to ask Derek any garden associated questions no matter how big or little.


Water Garden. Water is the music of nature. It can be tricked over stones, cascaded from a great height so its crashes onto rocks. It can fall in a solid 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 lies at Cedaridge Farm. It includes a swimming pool for dipping, and it includes both a collection of koi and durable water lilies. A popular water garden design features a koi pool fed by a series of waterfalls, and the water re-circulated through filters to keep the water clear.

Sunny Perennial Border. This can be formal or casual, square, rectangle-shaped, round and kidney shaped, in the form of an island bed or backed versus an ornamental hedge, wall or fence. Plants can be chosen to produce a parade of color through all the seasons, or focused for a particular season. Color themes can be polychromatic like a rainbow, monochromatic (for example all white - perfect for a wedding), 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 path leading to a focal point such as a sculpture or gazebo.

Tropical Garden. You do not need to reside in a frost-free area to have a beautiful tropical garden. At Cedaridge Farm we have two - one is a homage to the design approach of the late Roberto Burle Marx, who designed dramatic tropical gardens around Rio. It remains in a lightly shaded area and functions plants that are hardy (like 'Amount & Compound' hosta) but look tropical and tender plants that are tender (like banana trees and tree ferns) that either need moving inside your home during winter or can be disposed of like annuals at the end of the season. Our 2nd tropical space is an outdoor patio with tropical plants grown in containers.

Shade Gardens. We design two type of shade gardens - one where the plants provide primarily foliage interest (like ferns, hostas, heuchera and hakone yard), 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 develop a forest from scratch, the outcome can be sensational. Decide whether you want deciduous trees that offer 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 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. Listed below, we supply 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 decorative result. 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 expert. 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', feature in many calendars and books, including Derek Fell's 'Herb Gardening for Beginners.' We can also provide 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 mainly white flowers for a wedding event in the family. Or choose from among numerous color harmonies, such as yellow and blue, red, pink and silver, or blue, pink and white.

Cottage Garden. You don't need a cottage to have a home garden. But if you do, such as a guest home, why not cover it in shrub roses and climbers, plus those wonderful English cottage garden plants like poppies, sunflowers and pinks. We also like to include plants to attract 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 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 an efficient orchard. By making the ideal options, fruit trees can be grown in containers or espaliered versus fences and walls to save area. Peaches and apples can be trained over arbors. Just a couple of plants of small fruits like strawberries and raspberries can be highly productive.

Bog Garden. Ideal for soils that tend to remain wet all season, bog gardens can be extremely vibrant and extremely imaginative, incorporating stepping stones and bridges to cross damp 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 tendency to use pseudo-Japanese components such as Chinese dragons. Derek Fell has twice taken a trip to Japan, has actually composed award-winning articles about Japanese garden design, and has the experience to design authentic-looking areas in the Japanese custom using components of Zen or Feng Shui, or a combination of the two disciplines to produce a magical space.

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

French Official Garden. The fancy style 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 included in small areas.

Monet's Garden. This lovely artist's garden north of Paris contains more than a hundred special planting ideas to produce what Monet considered his greatest work of art. Moreover, 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 entrance of his house, and his color consistencies are just some examples of Monet's development that people today like to emulate.

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