Designer : Andrew Fenney: Design Eden : Small Traditional Japanese Styled Garden Hackney, East London
SMALL TRADITIONAL JAPANESE STYLED GARDEN HACKNEY, EAST LONDON
Main works completed January 2006
When I received the initial call from my client and he explained the content required for his garden, I was quite surprised and inspired. Hills, mountains, pine trees, a dry sea with a river running into it, bamboo groves, clipped azaleas, camellias mountain maples, lanterns and water basin, all to be located within a landscape garden space 0f 14 x 20 feet (4 x 6metres), the overall garden being 14 x 36 feet (4 x11 metres). Access to the site was very poor and the garden needed to be installed before the clients new artists studio was craned in. This gave us a limited window of opportunity to agree a scheme prior to installation. Faxes and sketch designs flowed between the client and myself until we arrived at a suitable design of collaboration.
The garden is based upon my client’s wife’s family garden in Japan.
His wife’s family is a Saki producer and the family business is “Tsuji Honten” and this is in the town of Katsuyama, in the prefecture of Okayama. The house and garden have stood on the same site for over 200 years.
So our garden has some way to go before it develops the maturity of the original.
The spring colour was to be provided by Camellia’s and Azalea’s. The Acer provides autumn colour.
The garden is developing as it matures, and with the client I often discuss the maturity of the space. I do not maintain the garden, as the client prefers to attend to this himself, although I do visit the garden from time to time, checking that the trees and plants are in good condition.