Eric’s Ericaceous Renovation

Renovating and adapting an award winning Camellia garden for a young family's requirements.

View from side alley and shed.

After initial large weed removal.

Turf from house

Eric, the gentleman who established and nurtured this very special garden his whole life, was born in the house in 1917 and died in a local care home three years ago.

The garden is full of acers, conifers, award-winning camellias, a few rhododendrons and a couple of azaleas. There are also rocks arranged beautifully in the borders and the remnants of a waterfall and koi pond.

The first stage was weeding, pruning, removing old pumps and pipes, and discovering what was actually there. Then ivy clearance, moving some ground cover around and levelling and clearing the lawn area. I wanted pea shingle, crazy paving slabs and spot ground cover, but the current owners have a toddler who wants to run around so on my fifth visit I was turfing. Spot ground cover and pea shingle will go in the rear area once garden waste removed. I will also clean the decking that the clients have had installed. Check Instagram @thepengegardener for more detailed updates.

Have tools, will travel!