Danube st, Edinburgh.
Contemporary Terraced Rear Garden.
Story – This garden project involved everything to go up stairs to upper terraced flat, through flat and then down stairs and back up to reach garden space. Therefore minimising the amounts required to both in and out journeys was important.
As design based along a brief of good sized areas for enjoying and entertaining in the garden was created. The client also wanted a garden space they could plant up and develop themselves as they were keen gardeners, but the existing site was too big an initial challenge.
The existing site was heavily overgrown with dangerous steps and blown concrete rendered walls. The new design changed the levels drop some wall heights raised the steps starting position and created a larger main patio, to be paved in slate. A tucked away circular seating area was included along with a path that passed through a natural ‘twisted hazel’ arch ( corylus contorta) to a small veg area at the back of the garden.
All the repaired walls and newly built walls were rendered with a traditional lime render to allow moisture to escape more easily as the site was a very wet location. The ability of lime render to cope was not up to the task in certain areas and became part of a learning process. One benefit of lime that did remain was that it could be constantly repaired, unlike a concrete rendered which like the original, would fail completely.
It was only in certain spots that the underground run off from the hillside had damaging impacts and it took some iterative work and learning to reduce overall impacts of these. The impacts were aesthetic more than structural and have led to greater awareness in working with natural materials in natural environments. Learning how to learn and adapt and learn again is an essential part of every garden and gardener.
The garden is soon to be featured in a national publication with a focus on the home and garden, which is testament to how well this garden has matured and come together.