A Celtic Retreat
||Silver Flora Medal 2002
The inspiration for this garden came following a visit by
Pete to Castell Henllys, West Wales, an Iron Age village
reconstructed on the original footings.
Enthused by the use of Oak in construction, the significance
of iron, and the abundance of Welsh slate, these materials
became the basis for his design.
The overall form of the garden was a huge Celtic cross. The
custom made wrought iron bridge skimmed the front pools leading
to a beautiful hand made oak pergola and bench.
A feeling of serenity and calm was unmistakable while gently
swaying on the bench with the sound of water gentle splashing
from the urn water feature behind . The crazy paving pathway
dividing the cross and the natural stone walls of the planters
were constructed using Welsh slate with detailed inter planting.
The use of native and cultivated plants complimented the
whole design perfectly, making it the ideal retreat not only for
a Celt but for anyone.
This whole garden was created on a 9 metre diameter plot,
proof that its not only people with large plots that can have
The build up for the show: