Garden Dreaming

A very special topic today is overriding my usual Wednesday fashion musings (I hope you won’t mind 🙂 ). Arne Maynard is one of Britain’s finest garden designers and a brand new discovery for me. Scrolling through his portfolio the other day, I was in awe of his talent and knew I had to write and get it out of my system. You might say that I’m against the season talking about blooming gardens when we’re just a few weeks away from Christmas but I can’t help dreaming about these places.  Now that the trees are bare and dried leaves are scattered everywhere, waiting for a blanket of snow (unfortunately the Sunday snow didn’t last… ), I got tired of all the browns and sepia around me. The only color outside is the red-nosed and chilly folks -myself included- on campus and that doesn’t count. I crave me some vibrant greens and warmth! Plus, everyone I know is trying to ditch the catchy cold that’s been passed around our little town so I figured I’d better dream of summer. Fast. So with today’s post I’m gonna do just that. Wanna join me?



”Central to Arne Maynard’s work as a garden designer is his ability to identify and draw out the essence of a place, something that gives his gardens a particular quality of harmony and belonging. He has a holistic approach to design and believes that to succeed, a garden must relate and respond to its surrounding landscape, its history and to the buildings within and around its confines, as well as to the needs of its owners.” Arne Maynard



”Bold lines and a strong architectural framework are characteristic, and hedges and walls are used to divide the gardens into separate areas and to give year-round presence and a sense of permanence. To counter-balance the formality of these lines, Arne often creates soft inner plantings of herbaceous flowers and roses that are casual, lush and expansive.” Arne Maynard



”Attention to detail, both in the planting and the structure of the garden is paramount, and natural materials, from stone to timber, figure prominently and these are always sourced and selected for highest quality. Arne’s designs draw on a wide range of references from architecture to garden history, and from interior design to often long-forgotten traditional crafts and techniques. He will use details such as the coping for a wall, the design of a gate or a garden building to add another dimension and bring to a garden a further layer of interest and complexity.”  Arne Maynard 


“Arne Maynard is one of the most talented garden designers working in Britain today. Whether in the city or in the depths of the country, his gardens are a magical combination of architecture and romance, the classic and the contemporary, and relate to their surroundings in subtle ways.” Tricia Guild