Creating Ambiance with gardens4

Developing Ambiance With Gardens

Throughout his 40-year profession as a garden author and professional photographer, Derek Fell has designed many garden spaces, many involving his better half Carolyn. The best example of their work can be seen at their home, historic Cedaridge Farm, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. There, they have designed more than twenty theme areas, consisting of shade gardens, warm seasonal borders, tapestry gardens involving trees and shrubs, a home garden, herb garden, cutting garden and an ambitious water garden.

Derek worked as a specialist on garden design to the White House during the Gerald Ford Administration. Derek developed Ford’s ‘Win’ garden, following his ‘Win Speech’, recommending the nation 10 ways to fight inflation.

Many garden styles by Derek Fell have been carried out without examining the website. The great late architect Frank Lloyd Wright created gorgeous homes for his clients, entirely from pictures without the need for a website examination.

Fell’s garden areas have been featured in newspapers, publications, books and also on television, consisting of Architectural Digest, Gardens Illustrated, The Garden (the publication of the Royal Horticultural Society), Country Gardens, HGTV, QVC and PBS.

Derek has actually authored more than sixty books and garden calendars, including 550 Home Landscaping Concepts (Simon & Schuster), The Encyclopedia of Garden Design (Firefly Books), The Total Garden Preparation Manual (Friedman), Garden Accents (Henry Holt) and Home Landscaping (Simon & Schuster).

Curb appeal and ambiance are necessary to brighten up your propoerty or prepare it for sale. Do not hesitate to ask Derek any garden associated questions despite how big or small.


Water Garden. Water is the music of nature. It can be tricked over stones, cascaded from a great height so its crashes onto rocks. It can fall in a strong sheet or as silver threads. A beautiful water garden with waterfalls and stepping stones can be located in sunlight or shade. The water garden revealed here is located at Cedaridge Farm. It consists of a swimming pool for dipping, and it features both a collection of koi and hardy water lilies. A popular water garden design features a koi swimming pool fed by a series of waterfalls, and the water re-circulated through filters to keep the water clear.

Sunny Perennial Border. This can be official or casual, square, rectangular, round and kidney shaped, in the form of an island bed or backed against a decorative hedge, wall or fence. Plants can be selected to produce a parade of color through all the seasons, or concentrated for a particular season. Color styles can be polychromatic like a rainbow, monochromatic (for example all white – ideal for a wedding), or it can feature an Impressionist color harmony, such as yellow and purple; orange and blue; red, pink and silver; blue, pink and white; even black and white or black and orange (one of Monet’s favorites). A popular perennial garden design is two parallel border with a lawn course resulting in a centerpiece such as a sculpture or gazebo.

Tropical Garden. You do not need to live in a frost-free area to have a lovely tropical garden. At Cedaridge Farm we have two – one is a homage to the design viewpoint of the late Roberto Burle Marx, who created remarkable tropical gardens around Rio. It is in a lightly shaded location and features plants that are durable (like ‘Sum & Substance’ hosta) but look tropical and tender plants that are tender (like banana trees and tree ferns) that either need moving inside your home during winter season or can be disposed of like annuals at the end of the season. Our second tropical area is an outdoor patio with tropical plants grown in containers.

Shade Gardens. We design two sort of shade gardens – one where the plants offer mainly foliage interest (like ferns, hostas, heuchera and hakone yard), and plants that flower well (like impatiens, coleus, and lilies), or a mix of the two.

Forest Garden. Whether you have existing forest or you need to develop a woodland from scratch, the result can be mind-blowing. Decide whether you want deciduous trees that offer fall color or evergreens that remain green all winter season, or a mix. At Cedaridge we made a ‘cathedral’ garden where the existing trees are cut high so the trunks look like the columns of a cathedral, and the branches arch out to satisfy overhead like the vaulted ceiling of a cathedral. Below, we offer 2 more layers of interest, at ground level and the under-story.

Vegetable Garden. We can design you an easy-care garden of raised beds where vegetables are planted in blocks or an edible landscape where edibles are grown for decorative result. We can provide the prepare for a garden that was authorized for the White house throughout the Ford Administration where Derek Fell worked as a garden consultant. Derek Fell’s book, “Veggies – How to Select, Grow & Enjoy”, won a best book award from the Garden Writers Association.

Herb Garden. The herb garden at Cedaridge Farm is a ‘quadrant design’, function in numerous calendars and books, consisting of Derek Fell’s ‘Herb Gardening for Beginners.’ We can also offer a cartwheel design or a parterre herb garden for plentiful harvests of fresh herbs. The Herb Garden can also do double-duty as a vegetable garden.

Cutting Garden. The cutting garden at Cedaridge Farm includes bulbs such as tulips and daffodils for spring, and ever-blooming annuals to follow the bulbs so armloads of flowers can be collected from April through October.

Victorian Garden. A garden with romantic overtones! Picture a white gazebo framed by mainly white flowers for a wedding in the family. Or select from among numerous color consistencies, such as yellow and blue, red, pink and silver, or blue, pink and white.

Cottage Garden. You do not need a home to have a home garden. But if you do, such as a visitor home, why not cover it in shrub roses and climbers, plus those wonderful English home garden plants like poppies, sunflowers and pinks. We also like to include plants to draw in butterflies and hummingbirds.

Stream Garden. Lucky you if you have an existing stream to be landscaped. At Cedaridge Farm we have a stream, but when we moved here it was overgrown with toxin ivy and brambles. Today it is criss-crossed with bridges, and beds of moisture-loving plants like astilbe and water iris. If you do not have a stream, but would like one, we can create a design where the water is re-circulated along one that’s manufactured but looks natural.

Orchard. You do not need a lot of space for an efficient orchard. By making the best options, fruit trees can be grown in containers or espaliered against fences and walls to save space. Peaches and apples can be trained over arbors. Just a few plants of small fruits like strawberries and raspberries can be extremely productive.

Bog Garden. Ideal for soils that tend to stay wet all season, bog gardens can be incredibly vibrant and extremely creative, incorporating stepping stones and bridges to cross damp areas, and growing some of nature’s most diverse plant families, such as water iris, Japanese primroses, astilbe and waterlilies.

Japanese Garden. The issue with many Japanese gardens is a tendency to use pseudo-Japanese aspects such as Chinese dragons. Derek Fell has two times traveled to Japan, has actually written award-winning articles about Japanese garden design, and has the experience to design authentic-looking areas in the Japanese tradition using elements of Zen or Feng Shui, or a mix of the two disciplines to produce a magical space.

Italian Garden. Although Italian gardens can be extremely over the top, requiring steep slopes to achieve the very best effect, like the Rental property d’Este, near Rome, small spaces can achieve the aura of an Italian garden. Derek Fell has not just checked out a few of the finest Italian Gardens, such as La Mortola on the Italian coast, and Boboli neglecting Florence, he has visited and photographed the Vatican Gardens.

French Formal Garden. The sophisticated style of Versailles Palace and Vaux le Vicompte, might be beyond your methods, but components of French garden design, such as a parterre garden, can be integrated in little areas.

Monet’s Garden. This gorgeous artist’s garden north of Paris includes more than a hundred special planting ideas to produce what Monet considered his biggest artwork. Moreover, his planting concepts have undoubtedly influenced more new garden design than any other garden. Monet’s arched bridge, his waterlily pond, his arches causing the entrance of his house, and his color harmonies are just some examples of Monet’s development that people today like to emulate.

Tapestry Garden (Trees & Shrubs). The great French Impressionist artist, Paul Cezanne’s garden, in Provence, is made up primarily of trees and shrubs, not just as a labor conserving device, but to supply a tapestry of color from leaf colors, leaf texture and leaf shapes. What could be more enticing than to keep an eye out of a window of your home at a rich foliage panorama, consisting of all tones of green from light green to dark-green, plus blue, silver, gold, bronze?


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