Producing Ambiance With Gardens
Throughout his 40-year profession as a garden writer and photographer, Derek Fell has actually designed numerous garden areas, many including his other half Carolyn. The best example of their work can be seen at their home, historical Cedaridge Farm, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. There, they have created more than twenty style areas, consisting of shade gardens, warm seasonal borders, tapestry gardens including trees and shrubs, a home garden, herb garden, cutting garden and an ambitious water garden.
Derek worked as a specialist on garden design to the White House throughout the Gerald Ford Administration. Derek designed Ford's 'Win' garden, following his 'Win Speech', recommending the country 10 ways to fight inflation.
Many garden designs by Derek Fell have been implemented without examining the website. The great late architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed beautiful homes for his customers, totally from photographs without the need for a website examination.
Fell's garden areas have been featured in newspapers, publications, books and also on tv, consisting of Architectural Digest, Gardens Illustrated, The Garden (the publication of the Royal Horticultural Society), Nation Gardens, HGTV, QVC and PBS.
Derek has 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 Planning Handbook (Friedman), Garden Accents (Henry Holt) and Home Landscaping (Simon & Schuster).
Suppress appeal and ambiance are very important to illuminate your propoerty or prepare it for sale. Do not hesitate to ask Derek any garden associated questions despite how huge or small.
SOME GARDEN TYPES
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 lovely water garden with waterfalls and stepping stones can be found in sunlight or shade. The water garden shown here lies at Cedaridge Farm. It consists of a swimming 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 Seasonal Border. This can be official 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 concentrated for a specific season. Color themes can be polychromatic like a rainbow, monochromatic (for instance all white - perfect for a wedding), or it can feature 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 seasonal garden design is 2 parallel border with a grass path resulting in a centerpiece such as a sculpture or gazebo.
Tropical Garden. You do not need to reside in a frost-free location to have a lovely tropical garden. At Cedaridge Farm we have 2 - one is a homage to the design approach of the late Roberto Burle Marx, who created remarkable tropical gardens around Rio. It is in a gently shaded area and features plants that are hardy (like 'Sum & Compound' hosta) but look tropical and tender plants that hurt (like banana trees and tree ferns) that either need moving inside your home throughout winter or can be disposed of like annuals at the end of the season. Our second tropical area is an outdoor patio with tropical plants grown in containers.
Shade Gardens. We design 2 type of shade gardens - one where the plants supply mainly 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.
Woodland Garden. Whether you have existing forest or you need to produce a woodland from scratch, the result can be spectacular. Decide whether you want deciduous trees that supply fall color or evergreens that stay green all winter season, or a mixture. 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 meet overhead like the vaulted ceiling of a cathedral. Below, we provide 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 ornamental result. We can offer 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 numerous calendars and books, consisting of Derek Fell's 'Herb Gardening for Beginners.' We can also supply 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 collected from April through October.
Victorian Garden. A garden with romantic overtones! Picture a white gazebo framed by mostly white flowers for a wedding event in the family. Or select from among numerous color harmonies, such as yellow and blue, red, pink and silver, or blue, pink and white.
Home Garden. You do not need a home to have a home garden. But if you do, such as a visitor 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 draw in 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 toxin 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 best 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 few plants of little fruits like strawberries and raspberries can be extremely efficient.
Bog Garden. Suitable for soils that tend to stay wet all season, bog gardens can be incredibly vibrant and highly imaginative, integrating stepping stones and bridges to cross damp areas, and growing a few 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 actually two times traveled to Japan, has actually written award-winning short articles about Japanese garden design, and has the experience to design authentic-looking spaces in the Japanese custom using aspects of Zen or Feng Shui, or a mix of the two disciplines to create a wonderful area.
Italian Garden. Although Italian gardens can be extremely over the top, requiring high 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 only went to some of the finest Italian Gardens, such as La Mortola on the Italian coast, and Boboli neglecting Florence, he has actually toured and photographed the Vatican Gardens.
French Official Garden. The elaborate style of Versailles Palace and Vaux le Vicompte, might be beyond your means, but aspects of French garden design, such as a parterre garden, can be incorporated in little spaces.
Monet's Garden. This beautiful artist's garden north of Paris consists of more than a hundred unique planting ideas to produce what Monet considered his biggest artwork. Furthermore, his planting concepts have undoubtedly motivated 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 consistencies are simply some examples of Monet's innovation 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 gadget, but to supply a tapestry of color from leaf colors, leaf texture and leaf shapes. What could be more enticing than to keep an eye out of a window of your home at an abundant foliage panorama, consisting of all tones of green from light green to dark-green, plus blue, silver, gold, bronze?