Julie and husband Michael designed and built (mainly Michael) her studio in the Garden in 2006. The garden has always been and continues to be very important to them both and the studio had to look as if it had always been there. Since then the garden design has been expanded, Julie approaching the design in the same holistic way as she engages in all of her work.
The garden is an average sized urban garden divided into rooms using layers and texture from brave use of trees, shrubs and perennial planting including several ferns and bamboos. Subtle structural and sculptural additions add to the interest along with a Japanese inspired garden.
In August 2012 the garden was approved to open for The National Garden Scheme UK (NGS Yellow Book). Open Days were held in June 2013, June & September 2014 including many private group openings. The events, managed by Julie, proved to be a great success.
They took a break in 2015 then held a highly successful event over August Bank Holiday weekend 2016. Including a special evening opening, a ‘pop up tea shop’ and an exhibition of Julie’s work. Over 180 visitors were welcomed and a very pleasing sum raised for the NGS charities.
A similar event is planned for the late May bank holiday in 2017 as part of the celebrations for the 90th Anniversary of the beginning of the National Garden Scheme.