Mark Fenton Designs

Cottage Garden Design

Cottage garden design for a 17th century grade II cottage in a Yorkshire village. A courtyard with arts and crafts hard landscaping details leads to an extensive pond surrounded by planting and reclaimed rockery stones, slab bridge and stepping stones. Implementation will be phased and the pond was completed spring 2014.


My client has provided the following comments: “My cottage is surrounded by three separate gardens. The largest one consisted of overgrown shrubs (planted some fifteen years ago) a small pond, fruit bushes and raspberry canes, plum and apple trees and a greenhouse. It was hard work and, nearing retirement, I wanted a garden that would be easy to maintain, encourage wild life, and would be a pleasure simply to enjoy.

Mark more than met my expectations. He listened to what I wanted, was always ready to adapt to my needs, and produced meticulous designs and planting plans. And he hadn’t forgotten the ‘Wow!’ factor.”


Client’s comments continued: “I employed a local builder to carry out the work. He had never before been involved in garden design. He followed Mark’s plans and, afterwards, said that it was the most interesting and satisfying project on which he had ever worked.

I am absolutely delighted with the result. It is a real pleasure to walk around my new garden, noting the bedding in of various plants, sitting by the pond to have my lunch, and at dusk watching the wild life making the garden their own.”

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