When you think of Contemporary Garden Design you don’t tend to think of family gardens. The two don’t seem to go hand in hand in ones mind, as the word Contemporary conjures up clean images without the clutter that comes with a family. The dictionary definition of the word Contemporary is ‘belonging to or occuring in the present’ but with respect to garden design it has come to mean something slightly more than that….modern, minimilistic, clean lines, lack of clutter, focus on hard landscaping etc.
When thinking of a family garden design we need to consider both the needs of the parents and the children. The children need space to play and muck about. It is also good to provide places where they can become involved in gardening itself including growing some vegtables and fruit,
places which they can make there own. The parents want an attractive garden with areas for socialising including BBQing and eating outside, however, they also want to be able to see and supervise the children at the same time.
We completed a Garden Design recently for a garden in Naas just outside Dublin. The existing garden design needed an upgrage as it
was worn and tired and used a lot of decking and sleepers for edging. The clients wanted a more contemporary garden for their family to enjoy. We designed a contemporary garden which used modern clean materials incoporating a raised patio including an integrated BBQ plus a sunken garden with built in seating for that cup of coffee or glass of wine while enjoying the evening sun. We also
upgraded the rear boundary of the garden by finishing it with cedar laths which provides a wonderful backdrop to the built in BBQ and the garden in general.
A large lawn was maintained for the children to play on, with an area set aside especially for them to grow fruit and vegtables. We also lowered the trampoline which was previously very visible within the garden, so that it was flush with the grass.
The planting on the side of the garden near the children’s area was also very upbeat with lots of brightly coloured flowers which children enjoy. The children of this family were primary school age so changes in level were not an issue in this case.
Planting in a family garden has to be considered carefully if there are young children as some plants can have poisinous berries or other plant parts and others have thorns.
Autumn arrived by the time we got an opportunity to take some photo’s with the leaves blowing about which were impossible to keep out of the photo’s. This garden will come into its own next spring and summer when the new planting will grow to compliment the hard landscaping and the family will come outside to enjoy the garden as it should be.