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The Schools Garden, for Cambridge University Botanic Garden
I designed this layout for the proposed Schools Garden, offering a variety of learning spaces carefully worked around the existing vegetation.  The intention is to provide an exemplary garden containing many elements which schools may wish to re-create in their own grounds, and to offer a safe horticultural teaching area where local schools can encourage pupils to develop an interest in plants and gardening.
Design for the Schools Garden at Cambridge University Botanic Garden by MC Wood
Private garden in Northamptonshire
Design for a narrow, self-contained garden on a sloping site, with the house wrapping around the south-west corner.  Awkward level changes were resolved and a sequence of attractive linked spaces was created.
Garden design, Northants

All images © MC Wood.

Fenland garden design by MC Wood
A design for a family garden on a sloping site overlooking the open, rural landscape of the Cambridgeshire fens.  Originally congested and heavily over-planted, the best trees have been retained and new spaces have been opened up.  A network of varied paths offers exciting play routes for the youngest member of the family to explore.
Planting design by MC Wood
Planting design by MC Wood
Planting design by MC Wood
Planting design by MC Wood
Details from a recent planting scheme I designed around a garden swimming pool, seen in its first season after planting.
Planting design by MC Wood
Garden to a Cambridge bungalow
In this design for a keen plantswoman the unwanted old lawn was replaced with gravel, existing paved areas were linked by a new stone path, and new mixed planting worked around a few original shrubs provides a burst of colour and contrasting texture.
The Old Vicarage, Cambridge
After 3 years of building restoration work the garden to this historic home was not looking great!   It has been transformed into a lush, tranquil oasis close to the bustling city centre.
In just  it’s second year of growth, the garden has recently opened to the public under the National Gardens Scheme.
2012
2014