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 a number 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. This now includes Michael’s office & workshop inspired by a Japanese Tea House.
The garden continues to grow naturally and with additional thought and design. Everything is carefully thought through to carefully compliment the rest of the space.
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.
Two more highly successful events were held over August Bank Holiday weekend 2016 & May bank holiday 2017. Both events included a special evening opening, a ‘pop up tea shop’ and an exhibition of Julie’s work. Over 300 visitors were welcomed and a very pleasing sum raised for the NGS charities.
Plans are now in progress for June 2019 when the garden will be open to visitors from 12noon til 6pm for the first four Sundays. 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd.