Warnes McGarr APL shortlist garden hard landscaping category

Contemporary garden in Greater Manchester
APL awards 2017 nomination

March 2016

This garden project has been shortlisted for the APL awards 2017 in the hard landscaping category. Our client hired us to create one of our signature ultra-contemporary outdoor living spaces. The couple, from Wigan, had just had a new extension to their house built, so wanted their garden to look as good as the inside.

Bulb planting of bright orange Tulipa Ballerina and delicate Narcissus Thalia were also added for early spring colour. To add height to the planting scheme, we planted a number of Acer campestre, otherwise known as field maple, because they won’t grow too tall for the garden. The trees were uplit with an LED remote lighting system, so our client can enjoy the garden view through the window in the winter and during the evenings.

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Contemporary garden in Greater Manchester

Contemporary garden in Greater Manchester

  • Complete: March 2016

  • Project Size: 110m2

  • Project Value: £28,000

This garden project has been shortlisted for the APL awards 2017 in the hard landscaping category. Our client hired us to create one of our signature ultra-contemporary outdoor living spaces. The couple, from Wigan, had just had a new extension to their house built, so wanted their garden to look as good as the inside.

We chose to use a combination of hard landscaping materials to create a very cutting edge look. By using both composite decking and high quality porcelain, we were able to divide off different eating and socialising areas, making the garden seem larger than it was.

The contemporary planting scheme, included both textural planting and a range of edible but low maintenance vegetable plants and fruit bushes. In keeping with our company ethos of always thinking of biodiversity, we also included plenty of planting that would provide food and shelter for birds and insects.

The planting scheme included alliums, raspberry canes, cut-and-come-again salad crops, rosemary and thyme. This was complemented with large number of native grass Luzula nivea, Verbena bonariensis and Fennel in the raised beds. We also built a bespoke living wall to house nesting birds, as well as being a framework for raspberry canes.

Bulb planting of bright orange Tulipa Ballerina and delicate Narcissus Thalia were also added for early spring colour. To add height to the planting scheme, we planted a number of Acer campestre, otherwise known as field maple, because they won’t grow too tall for the garden. The trees were uplit with an LED remote lighting system, so our client can enjoy the garden view through the window in the winter and during the evenings.

 

 

From Hall To Home
RHS Tatton Flower Show

July 2016

With a silver medal for the second year on the run and an appearance on BBC2, Warnes McGarr & Co have had another massively successful year at RHS Tatton Flower Show in July 2016.

The show garden – named From Hall To Home – celebrates the tercentenary of Capability Brown’s birth and demonstrates how his naturalistic planting style has influenced modern garden design.

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From Hall To Home

From Hall To Home

  • Complete: July 2016

  • Project Size: 100m2

  • Project Value: £45,000

With a silver medal for the second year on the run and an appearance on BBC2, Warnes McGarr & Co have had another massively successful year at RHS Tatton Flower Show in July 2016.

The show garden – named From Hall To Home – celebrates the tercentenary of Capability Brown’s birth and demonstrates how his naturalistic planting style has influenced modern garden design.

The design won a silver award within the Evolution Gardens, and designer Michael was interviewed by TV presenter Rachel De Thame for the BBC 2 programme about the RHS Flower Show.

The design features a classical bust of Capability Brown himself, along with a Palladian-inspired arbour – painted matt back for a contemporary look. Old-style brick paving harks back to the classical era, while corten steel water bowls brings the garden back to contemporary times, in recognition of Capability Brown’s affiliation with water features.

The soft perennial meadow planting was set against a more formal line of clipped Buxus Semperviren and pleached trees. In the middle of the garden is a fire/ ice table, champagne cooler and firepit  which is a nod to Michael’s signature garden design, as a usable living and dining space.

Eat and Shelter
BBC Gardeners’ World Live

June 2016

The Eat and Shelter garden was awarded a gold medal, as well as Best Construction, by the judges at the BBC Gardeners’ World Live at the Birmingham NEC in June 2016.

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Eat and Shelter

Eat and Shelter

  • Complete: June 2016

  • Project Size: 42m2

  • Project Value: £35,000

This show garden encapsulates Michael McGarr’s signature design look, which combines stunning textural planting with usable living spaces for eating and dining. With a fire/ ice table and top-of-the-range Alfa wood-burning pizza oven, this is a garden designed with family gatherings on a warm summer evening in mind.

The contemporary planting combines grasses, tall flowering plants and edible planting for a very modern textured look. The corten steel pergola gives a sculptural shape to the garden, and clearly defines an eating and cooking area.

However, nature is never forgotten, even in a show garden design, and hedgehog passes were cut into the fencing, and bug hotels dotted around to ensure wildlife can thrive.

Residential garden in Wigan
APL award winner

December 2014

Not a show garden exhibit, but a residential garden in the Hawkley area of Wigan, this garden won a commendation from the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) awards.

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Residential garden in Wigan

Residential garden in Wigan

  • Complete: December 2014

  • Project Size: 42m2

  • Project Value: £20,000

The homeowners wanted a very contemporary garden with very little upkeep. Their main aim was to be able to enjoy their outside area for dining, relaxing and entertaining.

The very modern garden design features Buxus spheres, and multi-stem birch trees, along with pine containers for a privacy screen. The striped paving and gravel surface provides a visual eye-catching feature, which is matched on the fences.

Outside the house, the cantilevered pergola gives the sense of an extra outside room for dining, as well as giving an extra degree of privacy.

Garden owner Angela Hulstrom said: “The transformation of our garden is unbelievable, absolutely breath-taking. We could never have imagined the finished result looking so good. Your eye for perfection and professionalism was second to none and nothing was too much trouble!”