The Beauty in Small Spaces
Designed by TJ Kennedy and Kerianne Fitzpatrick
A creative and imaginative show garden that offers 3 separate garden styles, connected in their design and visual language. The design offers something for every visitor, whether they have a courtyard or balcony, a front or back garden, whether they are looking to connect all their outdoor areas or pull in small elements into their existing space. Carefully placed openings provide multiple viewpoints through all spaces, enticing visitors to visually explore the garden from all available angles.
Working with materials that are easily available, such as existing paving, reclaimed bricks, concrete blocks; the design showcases materials from home or from resale sites that can be repurposed or that are in the budget range of most suppliers. The construction is simple with the intention that it can be implemented cost effectively. Materials are warm in colour to blend with the planting palette.
A garden that responds to a changing climate, plants are encouraged to root strongly by using a gravel substrate, buffering them from temperature extremes. This growing medium is sustainable: its constituents can be a variable mix of recycled construction waste.
Showcasing a sun-drenched site with trees provide comforting, dappled shade in each of the areas. Planting chosen is of the split and divide variety – borders can be lightly planted in the 1st year and by the 3rd year will have filled out and plants can be shared with neighbours, encouraging a community of gardeners. All plants are commonly available and are easy to maintain, suited to the UK growing conditions. The colour palette is soft and comfortable and incorporates the Pantone 2023 Colour of the Year. It has been curated to comfortably settle into traditional and modern housing styles, interiors and exteriors.
An experienced garden designer influenced by the wider ranging art, travel and design fields, she has in depth knowledge of delivering RHS show-standard gardens at Chelsea and Hampton Court. She brings a playful approach to design, influenced by the juxtapositions between nature and people, the indoor environment and the outdoor. Skilled in bringing projects to completion with a highly trained practical eye coupled with extensive artistic flair.
Having developed her career from horticulture through landscaping construction and into design, TJ brings a strength of knowledge in full project build. The ability to adapt designs to meet budget needs is a key skill as are their capabilities in construction. A sensitive approach to soft landscaping and planting design brings the beauty to the finish and a desire to showcase traditional crafts in their designs brings a layer of history and sustainability.