Jonathan ford landscape architect

Stag's Leap, Oxfordshire


Design and creation of sculpture garden.

Client: Private

Landscape Architect: Jonathan Ford

Main Contractors: Bernhard’s Landscapes Ltd.

Major Design Elements: The garden design includes a fish pebble mosaic; letter carving in yorkstone; porphyry setts with slate detailing; timber decking around a hot tub; semi-mature trees up to 8 m high, extensive topiary and hedging up to 2.5 m high.

Value of Capital Works: £130,000

Jonathan was commissioned to prepare a garden design for a simple, beautiful, contemporary garden that would be easy to maintain. The garden was to provide a setting for the owner’s rapidly expanding collection of contemporary sculpture.

Programme and quality were of primary concerns to the client. Extensive detailed site works were completed in thirteen weeks. At one point there were fifteen men on site. An immediate effect was created by the use of large plant material.


The needs of people...

Practical requirements included the need for additional parking spaces, the provision of an outdoor hot tub, and a garden that would be simple to maintain. An immediate garden was desired.

the laws of nature and of building...

Hedges were planted at mature heights of between 1.5 and 2.5 m. Box and yew balls (varying sizes up to 1.3 m diameter) were imported from Germany along with lime trees up to 8 m high. Liaison with stone specialists was necessary to ensure the unique paving to the forecourt could support vehicular traffic. A specialist team of pavers was brought down from Scotland.

the desire for beauty.

The Client’s primary love is art and music. The design provided a setting for his collection of sculptures. Jonathan introduced the Client to a local lettercarver.