Cambridge Cottage is a multi-functional building, catering for weddings, parties, and conferences, as well as housing the Kew art collection. The re-design of the garden needed to fulfil various requirements, and spaces within it would need to be multi-purpose. The client wanted the design to improve circulation, and accessibility, as well as providing areas for socialising and for retreat.
The design takes the form of a relaxed rectilinear structure, with soft curves of meadow planting, reflecting the aesthetic and feel of the Georgian architecture. Rectangular pools give a broken reflection of the building and the planting, and add drama in the evening, when lighting highlights the building and planting. The crisp yew hedges give a sense of separation to different areas, and provide a foil for the soft planting. Gaps in the hedge intrigue the visitor to journey through the garden.
The terrace area provides ample space for visitors to spill out onto from the building, and a more secluded area separated by birch trees, allows for outdoor wedding ceremonies take place. The ramp has been re-designed to improve accessibility to the lower part of the building.
A Miscanthus hedge provides semi-transparent screening for privacy, yet appears to blend into the Duke’s garden, and views have been created throughout the garden for photography opportunities.
Helen Saunders Landscape & Garden Design