|Throughout his 40-year profession as a backyard author and photographer, Derek Fell has designed quite a few backyard areas, many involving his spouse Carolyn. One of the best instance of their work might be seen at their residence, historic Cedaridge Farm, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. There, they’ve designed greater than twenty theme areas, together with shade gardens, sunny perennial borders, tapestry gardens involving bushes and shrubs, a cottage backyard, herb backyard, reducing backyard and an formidable water backyard.
Derek labored as a marketing consultant on backyard design to the White Home through the Gerald Ford Administration. Derek designed Ford’s ‘Win’ backyard, following his ‘Win Speech’, advising the nation ten methods to battle inflation.
Many backyard designs by Derek Fell have been carried out with out inspecting the location. The good late architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed stunning properties for his purchasers, totally from pictures with out the necessity for a web site inspection.
Fell’s backyard areas have been featured in newspapers, magazines, books and likewise on tv, together with Architectural Digest, Gardens Illustrated, The Backyard (the journal of the Royal Horticultural Society), Nation Gardens, HGTV, QVC and PBS.
Derek has authored greater than sixty books and backyard calendars, together with 550 House Landscaping Concepts (Simon & Schuster), The Encyclopedia of Backyard Design (Firefly Books), The Full Backyard Planning Guide (Friedman), Backyard Accents (Henry Holt) and House Landscaping (Simon & Schuster).
Curb enchantment and ambiance are vital to brighten up your propoerty or put together it on the market. Be at liberty to ask Derek any backyard associated questions no matter how massive or small.
SOME GARDEN TYPES
Water Backyard. Water is the music of nature. It may be tricked over stones, cascaded from an excellent top so its crashes onto rocks. It could actually fall in a strong sheet or as silver threads. A wonderful water backyard with waterfalls and stepping stones might be positioned in daylight or shade. The water backyard proven right here is positioned at Cedaridge Farm. It features a pool for dipping, and it options each a group of koi and hardy water lilies. A preferred water backyard design includes a koi pool fed by a collection of waterfalls, and the water re-circulated by way of filters to maintain the water clear.
Sunny Perennial Border. This may be formal or casual, sq., rectangular, spherical and kidney formed, within the type of an island mattress or backed in opposition to an ornamental hedge, wall or fence. Crops might be chosen to provide a parade of colour by way of all of the seasons, or concentrated for a specific season. Coloration themes might be polychromatic like a rainbow, monochromatic (for instance all white – good for a marriage), or it will possibly characteristic an Impressionist colour concord, comparable to yellow and purple; orange and blue; purple, pink and silver; blue, pink and white; even black and white or black and orange (considered one of Monet’s favorites). A preferred perennial backyard design is 2 parallel border with a grass path resulting in a focus comparable to a sculpture or gazebo.
Tropical Backyard. You do not want to dwell in a frost-free space to have a ravishing tropical backyard. At Cedaridge Farm we’ve got two – one is a tribute to the design philosophy of the late Roberto Burle Marx, who designed dramatic tropical gardens round Rio. It’s in a evenly shaded space and options vegetation which can be hardy (like ‘Sum & Substance’ hosta) however look tropical and tender vegetation which can be tender (like banana bushes and tree ferns) that both want shifting indoors throughout winter or might be discarded like annuals on the finish of the season. Our second tropical area is a patio with tropical vegetation grown in containers.
Shade Gardens. We design two sorts of shade gardens – one the place the vegetation present largely foliage curiosity (like ferns, hostas, heuchera and hakone grass), and vegetation that flower effectively (like impatiens, coleus, and lilies), or a mix of the 2.
Woodland Backyard. Whether or not you’ve got present woodland or you might want to create a woodland from scratch, the end result might be sensational. Determine whether or not you need deciduous bushes that present fall colour or evergreens that keep inexperienced all winter, or a combination. At Cedaridge we made a ‘cathedral’ backyard the place the present bushes are trimmed excessive so the trunks seem like the columns of a cathedral, and the branches arch out to fulfill overhead just like the vaulted ceiling of a cathedral. Under, we offer two extra layers of curiosity, at floor stage and the under-story.
Vegetable Backyard. We will design you an easy-care backyard of raised beds the place greens are planted in blocks or an edible panorama the place edibles are grown for decorative impact. We will present the plan for a backyard that was permitted for the White home through the Ford Administration the place Derek Fell labored as a backyard marketing consultant. Derek Fell’s e-book, “Greens – Choose, Develop & Get pleasure from”, gained a greatest e-book award from the Backyard Writers Affiliation.
Herb Backyard. The herb backyard at Cedaridge Farm is a ‘quadrant design’, characteristic in quite a few calendars and books, together with Derek Fell’s ‘Herb Gardening for Novices.’ We will additionally present a cartwheel design or a parterre herb backyard for bountiful harvests of recent herbs. The Herb Backyard can even do double-duty as a vegetable backyard.
Chopping Backyard. The reducing backyard at Cedaridge Farm options bulbs comparable to tulips and daffodils for spring, and ever-blooming annuals to observe the bulbs so armloads of flowers might be harvested from April by way of October.
Victorian Backyard. A backyard with romantic overtones! Think about a white gazebo framed by largely white flowers for a marriage within the household. Or select from amongst a number of colour harmonies, comparable to yellow and blue, purple, pink and silver, or blue, pink and white.
Cottage Backyard. You do not want a cottage to have a cottage backyard. However in case you do, comparable to a visitor cottage, why not wrap it in shrub roses and climbers, plus these pleasant English cottage backyard vegetation like poppies, sunflowers and pinks. We additionally like to incorporate vegetation to draw butterflies and hummingbirds.
Stream Backyard. Fortunate you when you’ve got an present stream to be landscaped. At Cedaridge Farm we’ve got a stream, however after we moved right here it was overgrown with poison ivy and brambles. At present it’s criss-crossed with bridges, and beds of moisture-loving vegetation like astilbe and water iris. If you do not have a stream, however would really like one, we will create a design the place the water is re-circulated alongside one which’s man-made however seems to be pure.
Orchard. You do not want a variety of area for a productive orchard. By making the proper selections, fruit bushes might be grown in containers or espaliered in opposition to fences and partitions to avoid wasting area. Peaches and apples might be educated over arbors. Only a few vegetation of small fruits like strawberries and raspberries might be extremely productive.
Lavatory Backyard. Supreme for soils that have a tendency to stay moist all season, bathroom gardens might be extraordinarily colourful and extremely imaginative, incorporating stepping stones and bridges to cross moist areas, and rising a few of nature’s most numerous plant households, comparable to water iris, Japanese primroses, astilbe and waterlilies.
Japanese Backyard. The issue with many Japanese gardens is a bent to make use of pseudo-Japanese parts comparable to Chinese language dragons. Derek Fell has twice traveled to Japan, has written award-winning articles about Japanese backyard design, and has the expertise to design authentic-looking areas within the Japanese custom utilizing parts of Zen or Feng Shui, or a mix of the 2 disciplines to create a magical area.
Italian Backyard. Though Italian gardens might be extremely ostentatious, requiring steep slopes to attain the perfect impact, just like the Villa d’Este, close to Rome, small areas can obtain the aura of an Italian backyard. Derek Fell has not solely visited a few of the best Italian Gardens, comparable to La Mortola on the Italian coast, and Boboli overlooking Florence, he has toured and photographed the Vatican Gardens.
French Formal Backyard. The frilly type of Versailles Palace and Vaux le Vicompte, could also be past your means, however parts of French backyard design, comparable to a parterre backyard, might be integrated in small areas.
Monet’s Backyard. This stunning artist’s backyard north of Paris comprises greater than 100 particular planting concepts to create what Monet thought of his best murals. Furthermore, his planting concepts have undoubtedly impressed extra new backyard design than some other backyard. Monet’s arched bridge, his waterlily pond, his arches resulting in the doorway of his home, and his colour harmonies are just a few examples of Monet’s innovation that folks as we speak prefer to emulate.
Tapestry Backyard (Bushes & Shrubs). The good French Impressionist artist, Paul Cezanne’s backyard, in Provence, consists largely of bushes and shrubs, not solely as a labor saving gadget, however to supply a tapestry of colour from leaf colours, leaf texture and leaf shapes. What might be extra interesting than to look out of a window of your property at a wealthy foliage panorama, together with all shades of inexperienced from gentle inexperienced to dark-green, plus blue, silver, gold, bronze?
Hillside Backyard. Even dry hillsides could make stunning rock gardens, with paths twisting and delivering a zig-zag to create a visible journey from the highest of the slope to the underside. They are often terraced and threaded with streams to create waterfalls and planted with a few of nature’s most stunning plant varieties. Bridges, benches and belvedere are a few of the structural parts that may add curiosity to a hillside.|