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Contemporary garden, Swindon – The existing house was demolished and a new brick and tile house built with modern interiors on this sloping site. The owners, a couple with young children, wanted an easy to maintain contemporary garden to complement their lifestyle. This included a deck with hot tub, sunken trampoline, soft play area and a remote summer house and entertaining area, together with an imposing driveway and lighting throughout.

Alexandra has been a pleasure to work with. Her creativity combined with meticulous eye for detail has enabled us to experience a truly wonderful garden with various different planting schemes, colours and textures. We have had numerous compliments to the design from friends and neighbours.

Our project was literally a blank canvas (or rather mud and a building site!) for Alexandra to start designing our vision. She was able to  bring our very basic ideas to life, through her vast experience of design and implementation as well as her responsiveness and professionalism. Alex has continued to show an interest post project too and how the planting schemes have blended together and any changes that may be appropriate.

– Mr & Mrs R. Jones

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Riverside garden, Salisbury - This home has a large garden with extensive views of the River Avon, but the existing north-facing terrace was unappealing and under utilised and didn’t connect well with the rest of the garden. A rill, feature walls and steps and contrasting paving materials, as well as colourful planting, was introduced to add interest, create different spaces and link the house to the rest of the garden and the view.

Having made do with a poor quality patio for 14 years we turned to Alexandra Gray Garden Design to turn the area into an attractive terrace, whilst being functional and enhancing the appearance of the house and garden. Working closely with Alex during the design phase, the brief was met and exceeded, not only the design but also the planting programme. Alex also suggested and advised on materials and sourcing. We are thrilled with the finished product which has made the terrace a much-used area of the garden, and a major feature.

– Mr & Mrs A. Smith

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Cottage terrace, Pewsey - The kitchen window of this village cottage looked directly at a bank with overgrown planting. When a single storey extension was planned for the adjoining room, I designed a seating area that connected to the new room, the rest of the garden and the kitchen, and brought increased light, visual appeal and usability to the space.

We are thrilled with our new garden and the design reflects perfectly what we first discussed with Alex.  What was once a very drab space has now been transformed into a beautiful, practical and sustainable garden with a delightful terrace and raised beds. There is interest throughout the seasons and together with her clever use of colour and design, I can honestly say that the garden has enhanced our lives.

– Mr & Mrs A. Crawford

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Communal garden, Bath – An historic house, divided into seven flats, with open views over the city of Bath. The large and sunny garden lies on a steep slope that had no easy access for the mostly-retired residents. We created new paths, seating areas and pools, and introduced planting that provided interest while walking through the garden, as well as being visible from above. The garden won Gold and Best Communal Garden in Bath in Bloom 2015.

Working with Alex has been very satisfying; she has quite transformed the garden at Ormonde House. The process involved discussion and the development of a preliminary garden design - both hardscaping and planting - followed by further discussion leading to the final design and its implementation. This was carried out very professionally with minimal impact on normal daily life. We are now living with the result at the beginning of a second summer and could not be more pleased.

– Mr & Mrs G Briggs

We took on a very untidy piece of land, which has been transformed into an elegant garden incorporating the splendid views of Bath. Very imaginative, easy to maintain and a sheer delight for the occupants.

– Mrs C Pedersen

Alex has transformed our garden. It has colour throughout the seasons and the textures and range of plants are a delight.

– Mr V Madden

 

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Difficult slope, Melksham – The owners, although they are knowledgable plants people, needed help tackling an awkward, slippery slope and tying it in with the rest of the garden.

Never having considered using a garden designer, but failing to solve an apparently intractable problem, we eventually thought we'd give it a go. I was impressed by the quick way Alex understood what we wanted, and we were both thrilled by the design she produced, which we would never have thought of ourselves. The project, and some other improvements, were completed within the fairly modest budget and we continue to be very pleased with the whole undertaking.

– Mr and Mrs R G Church

 

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Abandoned vegetable plot, Devizes – The client, a widow, wanted to inject some life into her terraced garden, which had been put down to gravel and was where her husband had grown vegetables. After it was finished, the client said she now got so much pleasure from the garden when previously she had hardly gone out in it.

 

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Former farmyard, Yeovil – Despite being keen gardeners, the clients wanted a masterplan for their family’s unusual former farmyard in Somerset from which to work as time and money allowed.

 

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Day/Night Garden, Urchfont  - An entertainment and relaxation space was created, incorporating a new garage, to be enjoyed and seen from the house at all times of day and throughout the year. Height and a sense of seclusion was added with a pergola and small trees, a Millboard deck formed a change of level to a barbeque space that caught the evening sun and a bespoke water feature introduced the sound and movement of water - all of which was lit at night.

In 2015 I bought a house with a small garden which had overgrown flowerbeds and more weeds than grass. It has since been transformed by Mrs Alexandra Gray who designed and drew plans for a courtyard garden with flowerbeds and a pergola, a deck and spaces for pots; it is lit at dusk with LED lights and I am delighted with it. She found the right builder, oversaw the work with frequent visits, and helped source plants. She also redesigned my narrow front strip into a lawn with a lavender hedge. She designed and drew plans for a garage (and oversaw the building of it) I am very pleased with the result and recommend her highly.

– Lady Stirling

 

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Courtyard Garden, Devizes  – An extension was added to a family home to accommodate the owner’s mother, but after the building works had finished an unsightly heap of ground elder-invested spoil remained as the main outlook. This area was earmarked as the lady’s personal garden, for she was a keen plantswoman and had regular visitors who, like her, required convenient access. In addition, a venerable Gingko biloba tree lay close to the house between this space and the wider garden and it was vital to protect the soil level over its roots.

There have been many compliments passed when people have seen my garden, and Alexandra was very clever to come up with the 'railway sleepers' idea - I cannot think how she could conceive anything when it was such a ghastly mess. Working out the darn levels too must have been a nightmare, especially as preserving the roots of the mature Gingko tree made for more difficulty. I really enjoy being in the finished garden.

– Mrs P Scott

 

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