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Small courtyard garden design by Karen Chamberlain


Client testimonials

It was great fun to meet you today. I am absolutely sure your suggestions will be just what we need to sort the garden out ready for sale next spring. Also invaluable were your useful tips on the sort of things people think about and look for when buying. MRS M. (COPFORD, ESSEX) 

You have really transformed the design of our garden from a space that was fundamentally pretty, but completely impractical, to an absolutely functional and beautiful space. You interpreted the brief perfectly and your advice and guidance at all stages of the design project from first principles to finished planted space was first class. Thank you.”  MRS K. (COLCHESTER, ESSEX)

We are really pleased with our new driveway and front garden design and how it has completely transformed both the look and accessibility of our home. We enjoyed working with Karen on the project and were listened to and offered valuable advice and guidance at every step of the way during the entire design process. Karen has a great balance of creativity and practical thinking and was highly professional and pleasant to work with.  With our garden design project we gave Karen quite a challenge as we have a long car which we wanted to be able to turn in the driveway whilst retaining as much garden area as possible and keeping the garage easily accessible. None of this phased her. We have had many complements about the design and finish, both from passers-by and people we know who work in the building industry. Karen’s rates were very reasonable and we would highly recommend her.”  L & D, (COPFORD, ESSEX)

We thoroughly enjoyed your visit and I spent the rest of the afternoon having fun with pencil, paper and plans! So much so that  I have just managed to book a place on your course starting in September. Look forward to getting some more inspiration! Thank you MR & MRS M (MESSING, ESSEX)

After having an extension built at the back of our house, the back garden was looking pretty terrible and the area nearest the house was just mud. We asked Karen to help us with designing a terrace and steps down from the house into the garden. Having discussed the project with her, we decided to have a design drawn up for the whole of the top half of the garden.  Karen did a site survey before working on the new design. Over the Autumn and Winter of last year we had Karen’s design built and are now it’s Spring [2011] we are enjoying our beautiful new garden. We found Karen very straight forward to work with. Her prices and what you get for your money are clearly set out and we’re delighted with the design and how well it relates to the architecture of the house.                                           MR & MRS S. (COLCHESTER, ESSEX)

‘Without the benefit of your design consultation service I’m sure we would still be trawling the internet trying to piece together designs and reading plant reviews.  However, once again your ideas and expertise have inspired us to dig out the drawing pad to sketch out your design ideas and dust off the gardening books to find out more about the interesting variety of plants you have recommended for our garden.   So rather than spending hours and hours of researching, you have given us a plan!’                                  Ms H. (COLCHESTER, ESSEX)

We had a real problem, a large flat green field of a garden with no flower beds, a few shrubs and a hedge on both sides. We inherited a small piece of block paving outside our kitchen door and did not know how to go forward. We were looking for a garden designer and found Karen just by chance and she has been brilliant. She listened, made suggestions, drafted some ideas for discussion, refined those ideas, assisted us with finding a good landscaping contractor, project managed all the way through the project, was always positive, always helpful and at the end of the project we had a stunning layout which has subsequently won the top award at the Professional Landscaping competition in London.  Her ability and vision to see beyond our flat uninteresting piece of garden has been fantastic. We would have no hesitation in recommending Karen to anyone with a garden design challenge, whether small or large. She has a wealth of information and a wealth of experience to share.”  MR & MRS B. (MESSING, ESSEX)

When we initially contacted Karen, we didn’t know what we wanted or where to start, just that our ordinary sized garden looked tired and uninspiring, and we had lost enthusiasm in maintaining it. On her first visit, Karen listened really carefully to our rambling thoughts and comments, and offered different ideas. She quickly picked up what was bugging us, and teased out what we would ideally like. She then created a design that turned the garden round and gave us completely different perspectives – literally – and combined the visual requirements with the productive/edible ones!  We were on a tight budget, and the beauty of her design was that we could break it down into separate, smaller projects and tackle some aspects of it ourselves. In the discussions we had as the design evolved, she gave us lots of practical advice and guidance, and we had a great time last summer sourcing materials and visiting other gardens. This year the whole thing continues to shape up, and gardening is enjoyable again! The newsletter is also great, and hopefully, I’ll get to go on one of the workshops soon.” MR &MRS K. (COLCHESTER,ESSEX)

Since the garden has been completed we have exactly what we were looking for and have spent lots of time in the garden. It has also changed our perception of the house and its surroundings and we are no longer conscious of our proximity to our neighbours. The garden can be enjoyed from any room in the house – it’s become a real part of our living space.”

It was definitely worth the design fee, we never thought of using the shape of the swimming pool to guide the new layout.”

We enjoyed your visit and found it extremely useful; we have already cut out the new bed and re-shaped the lawn! We have been back to Beth Chatto and Hyde Hall and taken a large number of photographs to help us. We have also signed up for your planting course in November! MRS J (COLCHESTER, ESSEX)

The garden design is an absolute delight. It’s the first time we’ve had a garden that we go out into as soon as we get home. We wander around and watch everything changing and growing. It’s a real, real pleasure and we are both over the moon about it.”

A huge thanks for all your amazing hard work, the garden looks fab… we’re really thrilled and have used it more in the last three weeks that the last three years!”

We are so pleased with the garden, the design has worked so well. We have been eating outside on the patio, whenever the weather permits, and the children are outside all the time.”

Thank you so much for all your help and guidance with our garden, you’ve really inspired us with the new design.”

Thank you for your visit I found it most enjoyable and incredibly helpful. I couldn’t wait to get started… I’m really fired up, your enthusiasm has inspired me.”

Many thanks again for our beautiful garden. The plants have settled in well and we have spent hours out on the patio every evening this week enjoying it all – just what we wanted.”

The comments you offered were practical and exciting in equal measure!”

We very much enjoyed your visit with us and we both agree that you are on our wave length and can help us achieve a beautiful and unique garden.”

Our meeting with you was well worth the time and fee, thank you once again.”



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