Award Winning Garden Designs

Duo behind Cranbrook in Bloom gardening award.

Kent, October 2012: Wateringbury-based garden design duo Andrew Cowen and Matt Harvey received silver in the 2012 Cranbook in Bloom Front Gardens awards announced at the end of September. Cranbrook architect Mark Horner hired Cowen Landscapes to create a new garden in the front area of his Dorothy Street home.

Andrew Cowen, Managing Director and Designer for Cowen Landscapes, explained the brief for this award winning garden was to produce an easy to maintain garden. Andrew chose to design a garden with contrasting leaf colours and shapes as well as creating more privacy for the residents.

“After widening the drive to allow more room for cars, we set about planting a range of evergreens with different foliage contrasts so that this garden will look attractive all year. Some new very fragrant plants were used giving a reasonable spread of scent throughout the year and a mix of new and existing plants and materials helped to keep the costs down.”
“On the whole this garden is very low maintenance, gravel on top of landscape fabric on top of earth.” explained Andrew. “We were delighted that Cowen Landscapes helped us to receive this award,” said garden owner Mark Horner. “Cranbook prides itself on its gardens regularly winning the big garden awards, so we wanted to do our bit locally.

“We wanted our low maintenance garden to look good throughout the year. The colours in the garden, while largely evergreen, needed to look great against a red brick building. The bamboo screening is a major feature, we needed to enclose the garden and the result is very effective. It’s important for the garden to set off the building in the best way and our new garden does this admirably.”

The judges of Cranbrook in Bloom obviously agree.
Another front garden designed by Cowen Landscapes in Rochester Conservation Area has been submitted for an industry award, due to be judged in Jan 2013.