Completed Projects

Please view the galleries below to see examples of some of our completed projects

Balham Courtyard Garden:

This small courtyard style garden in Balham was an unloved, bare patch of earth before the new owners moved in and had very little privacy due to being overlooked on all sides. The clients, who were carrying out extensive house renovations, wanted a garden that would match the contemporary style and high end finish of the new interior while providing a relaxing place for al fresco dinning and entertaining friends.

New white rendered walls, topped with western red cedar slatted trellis provide a contemporary feel to the garden whilst adding height, while four pleached ornamental pear trees planted along the most overlooked boundary provided additional privacy and seasonal interest.

Bespoke cedar benches divide the main areas within the garden and provide seating for dinning as well as a more  informal space to sit when friends visit.

A large sculptural feature was built to provide a focal point from the kitchen and draws the eye away from the houses beyond. The long and narrow side return was brightened up with bespoke cedar wall planters which match the trellis work and are filled with fragrant herbs.

Finally, low voltage LED lights are used to illuminate the garden and create an after dark atmosphere, highlighting the main features and providing a gentle wash of light across paving and walls. 

  1. A small herb garden hanging on the garden wall
  2. Bespoke herb planters made from cedar and mounted on a wall
  3. A Contemporary Courtyard Garden in Balham designed by John Ward Garden Design
  4. Row of pleached ornamental pear trees
  5. Colour rendered visual of garden
  6. The rendered plan of the gard
  7. Purple sculptural garden feature
  8. Wall lights sitting between the herb planter
  9. View of side return towards a multi-stemmed tree
  10. View of side return towards a multi-stemmed tree
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'John has done a truly amazing job redesigning our garden. Initially, he was very good at listening to our ideas and then coming up with several proposals to meet our requirements.

His knowledge of the different types of wall materials, garden flooring, lighting options and (of course) plants, that would suit our garden, was extensive. He was always available to answer queries no matter how small and did so promptly and with great care. He has done a super job and we adore our garden, which now has a new lease of life! John, thank you so much!"


Sarah Rigby
  1. Photo of garden before work started on the redesign
  2. Photo of Japanese garden in Acton
  3. Photo of stone lantern and granite boulder in Japanese garden
  4. Photo of bamboo in Japanese garden
  5. Photo of teak curved bench in corner of garden
  6. Photo of bamboo and stone lantern in Japanese garden
  7. Photo of red shrub with garden seat in background

Acton Japanese Garden:

This family garden in Acton, West London needed some love and attention following an extensive renovation to the house. The clients wanted to bring colour and structure into the garden as well as introduce Japanese design elements to create a calming feel.

At the far end, we created a Japanese style space which was centred around the existing bamboo. This was thinned out and the lower leaves stripped back to create an architectural feature. Silver grey granite gravel and stepping stones are inter-planted with evergreen grasses, Azaleas and a weeping Japanese Maple. Small boulders are placed at strategic points while a stone lantern completes the Japanese feel. A curved teak bench, tucked away in the corner, allows for a few moments of contemplation. 

From the house a large terrace leads to a new lawn which provides a generous area for the children to play football. The planting borders have been reshaped with existing shrubs pruned back to provide space for new perennials and grasses which bring more colour and textures into the beds.
    

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After extensive renovations of our house, we asked John to design our garden within a tight budget, but he managed to come up with a plan which has completely transformed the space into a beautiful garden that we love to admire. We did not give him the simplest of briefs, a garden with a Japanese zen feel that could also double up as a sports field for the kids, but John came up with a great plan. He was there every step of the way to ensure that the project was delivered to the highest of standards and we can honestly say it is the aspect of our newly refurbished home with which we are most pleased! We cannot wait to go out and enjoy the space once the weather gets better! Thank you so much John.

Tanya Iguchi

  1. Photo of stainless steel balustrade
  2. Photo of Echinacea viewed through the balustrade
  3. Photo of Echinacea purpurea plant against a stainless steel screen
  4. Photo of dinning terrace with three large planters
  5. Photo of planting border
  6. Photo of star jasmine climbing up the slatted fence panels
  7. Photo of stainless steel panels which form the balustrade to this family garden in St. Albans
  8. Photo showing a large dinning deck leading to the artificial lawn in this family garden in St. Albans
  9. Photo of St Albans garden showing lawn, shed and gabion bench
  10. Photo of a border of planting beds with Hydrangea, Echinacea and a multi-stemmed Amelanchier feature tree
  11. Photo of Hydrangea paniculata 'Magical White Lady'
  12. Photo of dinning area at night lit with down lighters
  13. Photo of garden at night with subtle lighting
St. Albans Family Garden:

 
The owners of this garden in St. Albans wanted a modern, contemporary space to relax and entertain that had plenty of space for their young family to play safely.

Steep steps which led from the lounge to a stone terrace were a hazard that that needed to be immediately addressed. Creating a large, raised hardwood deck with wide, shallow steps from the house, provided a much smoother and safer transition that improved safety and made the space much more useable.

A balustrade surrounding the raised dining area was constructed with bespoke brushed steel screens cut with a simple geometric pattern to turn a simple safety feature into a major element of the garden’s design. This casts interesting shadows during the day and is backlit at night.

A large artificial lawn provides a low maintenance area for the kids to play and this is surrounded by attractive borders of structural shrubs, ornamental grasses, perennial flowers and climbing Jasmine to soften the entire space.

A gabion seating area provides a place to escape the sun and will be used for evenings around the fire pit while low voltage LED uplighters create a stylish ambiance at night, highlighting the key trees and shrubs.
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"John has done an amazing job of re-designing our garden, turning it from a scruffy, messy eyesore into a beautiful family space. Right from the first meeting he was professional, helpful and always went above and beyond to make sure we were happy. Once we'd got the design finalised John helped us find a contractor then stayed involved throughout to make sure our garden was finished to the high standard that the design deserved. We're thrilled by the final results and are really thankful that we found John.

Ian Smith
  1. Photo of deck light in Acton garden designed by John Ward Garden Design
  2. Photo of Acton garden decking designed by John Ward Garden Design
  3. Photo of Acton garden designed by John Ward Garden Design
  4. Photo of Acton garden gabion seat designed by John Ward Garden Design
  5. Photo of Acton garden lighting designed by John Ward Garden Design
  6. Photo of Acton garden lighting designed by John Ward Garden Design
  7. Visual of Acton garden designed by John Ward Garden Design
  8. The Garden Before Work Started
  9. Photo of Acton garden lighting designed by John Ward Garden Design
  10. Photo of Acton garden designed by John Ward Garden Design with trees in bloom
Contemporary London Garden:
 

The brief for this small garden in West London was to create a stylish garden that complemented the contemporary finish to the interior with space where the family could dine, relax and play table tennis.

A hard wood deck brought the level of the garden up to the new sliding kitchen doors while creating space for dining and relaxing in the evening sun. Slatted fence panels hide the unsightly walls and unify the space while artificial turf was a low maintenance option for creating a space for table tennis. A small gabion bench catches the morning sun and provides a lovely area to enjoy a coffee and the morning papers. 

Pleached ornamental peer trees create an effective screen to nearby houses while s
hrubs and colourful perennials will soften the space come spring/summer. 

Low voltage LED uplighters were used to create a stylish ambiance at night, highlighting the trees and shrubs and giving a feeling of warmth, even when viewed from indoors on a cold evening.     

   
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"Hiring John was the best step we could ever have taken. Creative and with massive attention to detail, resourceful and flexible, proactive but not pushy, John not only came up with several different fantastic design options for our garden, he also helped us source the right people to implement the finalised plans. 

John has the all important personal touch. He really listened to our brief and came up with creative solutions as well as addressing any challenges before we even knew they might be an issue. All designed and completed in a record time too - we are thrilled."

Lucy Clifton
UNHCR 'Border Control' Garden:
 
The UNHCR ‘Border Control’ Garden was a con- ceptual show garden that appeared at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in July 2016. The garden was awarded a gold medal and the prestigious Best in Show for the conceptual garden category. 

Co-designed with Tom Massey, built by Landform Consultants and sponsored by the UN Refugee Agency, the garden was designed to raise awareness of the refugee crisis and the risks that many people are forced to take to find sanctuary.

Tying in with the UNHCR’s campaign ‘Nobody Left Outside’, the garden emphasised the importance of providing shelter, both in the physical sense and from the psychological stresses of fleeing a conflict zone. 

You can read more about the garden from the RHS press release here  or read some of the media coverage of the garden on the news  section
   
  1. Photo of vibrant planting in the UNHCR Border Control Show Garden designed by John Ward & Tom Massey
  2. Photo of a dead Pomegranate tree in the UNHCR Border Control Show Garden designed by John Ward & Tom Massey
  3. Photo of a border guard at the entrance of the UNHCR Border Control Show Garden designed by John Ward & Tom Massey
  4. Photo of John Ward & Tom Massey who designed the UNHCR Border Control Show Garden
  5. Photo of rubble in the outer rim of the UNHCR Border Control Show Garden designed by John Ward & Tom Massey
  6. Photo of a discarded life vest in the UNHCR Border Control Show Garden designed by John Ward & Tom Massey
  7. Photo of exotic planting in the UNHCR Border Control Show Garden designed by John Ward & Tom Massey
  8. Fisheye photo of the UNHCR Border Control Show Garden designed by John Ward & Tom Massey
  9. Photo of the rubble surrounding the UNHCR Border Control Show Garden designed by John Ward & Tom Massey
  10. Photo of turnstile entrance to the UNHCR Border Control Show Garden designed by John Ward & Tom Massey
  11. Photo of the central wildflower meadow in the UNHCR Border Control Show Garden designed by John Ward & Tom Massey
  12. Photo of the central wildflower meadow in the UNHCR Border Control Show Garden designed by John Ward & Tom Massey
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"John and Tom are exceptionally talented garden designers. Their creativity, passion and professionalism were invaluable in bringing the UNHCR Border Control garden to life. The end result was far more than a garden; it captured the essence of the refugee experience and moved many visitors to tears."

Laura Padoan - UNHCR
  1. A Blank Canvas
  2. Photo of Crocosmia 'George Davison'
  3. Photo of Echinacea 'White Swan' against a slatted fence panel
  4. Photo of a small Chiswick garden with slatted fence panels designed by John Ward Garden Design
  5. Photo of a small Chiswick garden designed by John Ward Garden Design
  6. Photo of a flower bed full of hot colours
  7. Visual of a small Chiswick garden designed by John Ward Garden Design
Small Urban Garden:
 
This small garden in Chiswick, West London was a bare patch of earth following building works at the property. The brief was to create a garden full of colour with a calming and relaxing atmosphere.

As with most small spaces the boundary treatment was paramount, especially given the existing bright orange fences. The use of slatted panels made the garden feel larger while painting this in a soft green/grey gave a calming effect.  

A mixture of oranges, yellows and purples within the planting scheme contrasted well with the fence and brought the garden to life but most importantly the clients were delighted with the end result.


   
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"We recently worked with John on a project to make the most of our small space. John understood our requirements and quickly turned these into a great design. We were very grateful for his support throughout the process, from sourcing a landscaper through to ensuring his vision became a reality. We were delighted with the result and wouldn't hesitate in recommending him."

Duncan & Michele Tickell
Balham Town House:
 
The owners of this Balham town house have recently completed extensive renovations to the interior to a very high standard and wanted to bring the garden up to the contemporary standard of the interior and better link the two areas in style.
 
Adequate areas to entertain and relax were essential while still providing enough space for the children to play.
 
Improvement of the planting was important to bring more colour and structure into the garden which is achieved through the use of architectural shrubs, colourful perennials and ornamental grasses. 

A bespoke pergola gave the garden a very contemporary feel while providing the shade that the clients required. This also provided a smooth transition from the house to garden resulting in the clients using the terrace far more often for relaxing and dinning.  
  1. Photo of Balham garden designed by John Ward Garden Design
  2. Visual of Balham garden designed by John Ward Garden Design
  3. Overview visual of Balham garden designed by John Ward Garden Design
  4. Visual of new pergola in a Balham garden designed by John Ward Garden Design
  5. Plan of a Balham garden designed by John Ward Garden Design
  6. Visual showing architectural planting in a Balham garden designed by John Ward Garden Design
  7. Photo of finished Balham garden designed by John Ward Garden Design
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"Working with John is an absolute pleasure. He listened at length and then distilled our thoughts and ideas into solutions that were not only beautifully creative - beyond our expectations - but practical too. He was also adept at reigning us in gently when some ideas were becoming budget prohibitive."

James & Monica Conway
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