Daily Garden: Thomas Hoblyn’s St Olaves

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I chose this garden from Thomas Hoblyn’s portfolio today because it immediately struck me as a place that is interestingly designed and a true family garden.  However, unlike many of the ‘family gardens’ I see in the suburbs of America, it is clearly designed for a garden enthusiast and it appears to have been created with time and patience.   As evidence of the design spirit, look at the edge of the path, it’s an interesting and different finish.  Also, it has lots of interesting elements, but they are laid out in an organized fashion.  My eye seems to skip around happily.  The materials are all mixed up, but they seem to hang together in a homey sort of way that doesn’t scream “I just hired a local landscape contractor to create uniblock world”.  There is a nod to English design with a cute little knot garden and plenty of place for lawns, patios, natural swimming pools and quiet areas.   I am studying this intensely as I try to put into words and my head why this seems to work so much better than most backyards.  Put simply though, it isn’t boring, it is a garden, and rather than looking ‘landscaped’, it looks loved and to me there is a big difference.

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thomas hoblyn garden path

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.

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