Creating Ambiance with gardens7

Creating Ambiance With Gardens

Throughout his 40-year career as a garden author and professional photographer, Derek Fell has created numerous garden spaces, many involving his better half Carolyn. The best example of their work can be seen at their home, historical Cedaridge Farm, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. There, they have designed more than twenty style locations, including shade gardens, sunny perennial borders, tapestry gardens including trees and shrubs, a home garden, herb garden, cutting garden and an ambitious water garden.

Derek worked as a consultant on garden design to the White House throughout the Gerald Ford Administration. Derek created Ford's 'Win' garden, following his 'Win Speech', encouraging the country 10 ways to eliminate inflation.

Many garden designs by Derek Fell have been executed without examining the website. The great late designer Frank Lloyd Wright created beautiful houses for his customers, entirely from photographs without the need for a website evaluation.

Fell's garden areas have been included in papers, magazines, books and also on tv, consisting of Architectural Digest, Gardens Illustrated, The Garden (the publication of the Royal Horticultural Society), Country Gardens, HGTV, QVC and PBS.

Derek has 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 Planning Handbook (Friedman), Garden Accents (Henry Holt) and Home Landscaping (Simon & Schuster).

Suppress appeal and atmosphere are important to illuminate your propoerty or prepare it for sale. Do not hesitate to ask Derek any garden associated concerns despite how big or little.


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 lovely water garden with waterfalls and stepping stones can be located in sunlight or shade. The water garden revealed here lies at Cedaridge Farm. It consists of a pool for dipping, and it features both a collection of koi and durable 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.

Warm Seasonal Border. This can be formal or casual, square, rectangular, round and kidney shaped, in the form of an island bed or backed versus an ornamental hedge, wall or fence. Plants can be selected to produce a parade of color through all the seasons, or focused for a specific season. Color styles can be polychromatic like a rainbow, monochromatic (for example all white - perfect for a wedding), or it can include 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 2 parallel border with a grass path leading to a focal point such as a sculpture or gazebo.

Tropical Garden. You do not need to live in a frost-free location to have a beautiful tropical garden. At Cedaridge Farm we have two - one is a tribute to the design philosophy of the late Roberto Burle Marx, who created dramatic tropical gardens around Rio. It remains in a lightly shaded location and functions plants that are hardy (like 'Sum & Substance' hosta) but look tropical and tender plants that hurt (like banana trees and tree ferns) that either need moving inside your home during winter 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 type of shade gardens - one where the plants supply 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.

Woodland Garden. Whether you have existing forest or you need to create a forest from scratch, the result can be sensational. Decide whether you want deciduous trees that provide fall color or evergreens that remain green all winter season, or a mixture. At Cedaridge we made a 'cathedral' garden where the existing trees are trimmed high so the trunks look like the columns of a cathedral, and the branches arch out to satisfy overhead like the risen ceiling of a cathedral. Listed below, we provide two 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 veggies are planted in blocks or an edible landscape where edibles are grown for ornamental impact. We can supply the plan for a garden that was approved for the White house during 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 various calendars and books, including 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 harvested from April through October.

Victorian Garden. A garden with romantic overtones! Imagine a white gazebo framed by mostly white flowers for a wedding in the family. Or select from amongst a number of color harmonies, such as yellow and blue, red, pink and silver, or blue, pink and white.

Home Garden. You don't need a cottage to have a home garden. But if you do, such as a visitor cottage, why not cover it in shrub roses and climbers, plus those wonderful English cottage garden plants like poppies, sunflowers and pinks. We also like to include plants to bring 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 produce a design where the water is re-circulated along one that's manufactured but looks natural.

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

Bog Garden. Ideal for soils that tend to stay damp all season, bog gardens can be exceptionally colorful and extremely creative, incorporating stepping stones and bridges to cross damp locations, and growing a few of nature's most diverse plant families, such as water iris, Japanese primroses, astilbe and waterlilies.

Japanese Garden. The problem with many Japanese gardens is a tendency to use pseudo-Japanese components such as Chinese dragons. Derek Fell has twice traveled to Japan, has actually composed acclaimed short articles about Japanese garden design, and has the experience to design authentic-looking spaces in the Japanese custom using aspects of Zen or Feng Shui, or a mix of the two disciplines to develop a magical space.

Italian Garden. Although Italian gardens can be extremely extravagant, requiring high slopes to achieve the best result, like the Vacation home d'Este, near Rome, little areas can achieve the aura of an Italian garden. Derek Fell has not only checked out some of the finest Italian Gardens, such as La Mortola on the Italian coast, and Boboli ignoring Florence, he has actually explored and photographed the Vatican Gardens.

French Official Garden. The fancy style of Versailles Palace and Vaux le Vicompte, might be beyond your ways, but components of French garden design, such as a parterre garden, can be included in little spaces.

Monet's Garden. This beautiful artist's garden north of Paris consists of more than a hundred unique planting concepts to produce what Monet considered his greatest artwork. Additionally, his planting concepts have certainly inspired more new garden design than any other garden. Monet's arched bridge, his waterlily pond, his arches resulting in the entryway of his house, and his color consistencies are just some examples of Monet's innovation that people today like to imitate.

Tapestry Garden (Trees & Shrubs). The great French Impressionist artist, Paul Cezanne's garden, in Provence, is composed primarily of trees and shrubs, not only as a labor saving gadget, but to supply a tapestry of color from leaf colors, leaf texture and leaf shapes. What could be more appealing than to watch out of a window of your home at an abundant foliage panorama, including all tones of green from light green to dark-green, plus blue, silver, gold, bronze?

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