seting the scene
The south front of Silverstone Farm, Norfolk, a modest farmhouse actually built in 1920, though not dissimilar from local farmhouses built a century or more earlier. The pleasing symmetry is enhanced by a few simple refinements, including narrower firstfloor windows and a brick string course between ground and first floors. The formal garden has been designed to axis on the front door.
In my work each project has its own scale. Some are large, while others, such as London gardens, may be small but complicated. The smaller the space, the more considered the detail has to be. A few case studies from my work illustrate the large and the small, the simple and the complex. My range is perhaps wider than Repton might have tackled, though he did undertake small projects for friends as well as the large-scale parks of his richer clients. The smaller houses for which he produced schemes include his own cottage at Hare Street, near Romford, Essex, a four-bedroomed cottage on the High Road, and the Rectory, Lyng, Norfolk, a modest threebay house with a small riverside garden.
My own garden at Silverstone Farm in Norfolk is two acres in extent and has been developed over twenty-five years. It is necessarily simple, as the maintenance has to be kept low for reasons of both time and cost. Influenced as it is by late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century