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Producing Atmosphere With Gardens

Throughout his 40-year profession as a garden author and professional photographer, Derek Fell has developed various garden areas, many involving his better half Carolyn. The best example of their work can be seen at their home, historical Cedaridge Farm, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. There, they have designed more than twenty style locations, consisting of shade gardens, sunny perennial borders, tapestry gardens including trees and shrubs, a home garden, herb garden, cutting garden and an enthusiastic water garden.

Derek worked as a consultant on garden design to the White House throughout the Gerald Ford Administration. Derek designed Ford's 'Win' garden, following his 'Win Speech', recommending the country 10 ways to fight inflation.

Many garden styles by Derek Fell have been executed without examining the site. The great late designer Frank Lloyd Wright developed stunning homes for his clients, completely from pictures without the need for a website inspection.

Fell's garden areas have been featured in newspapers, magazines, books and also on television, consisting of Architectural Digest, Gardens Illustrated, The Garden (the magazine of the Royal Horticultural Society), Nation Gardens, HGTV, QVC and PBS.

Derek has actually authored more than sixty books and garden calendars, including 550 Home Landscaping Concepts (Simon & Schuster), The Encyclopedia of Garden Design (Firefly Books), The Complete Garden Planning Manual (Friedman), Garden Accents (Henry Holt) and Home Landscaping (Simon & Schuster).

Suppress appeal and ambiance are necessary to cheer up your propoerty or prepare it for sale. Feel free to ask Derek any garden related questions no matter how big or little.


Water Garden. Water is the music of nature. It can be deceived over stones, cascaded from a great height so its crashes onto rocks. It can fall in a strong sheet or as silver threads. A lovely water garden with waterfalls and stepping stones can be found in sunshine or shade. The water garden shown here lies at Cedaridge Farm. It includes a swimming pool for dipping, and it includes both a collection of koi and durable water lilies. A popular water garden design features a koi pool fed by a series of waterfalls, and the water re-circulated through filters to keep the water clear.

Sunny Seasonal Border. This can be formal or casual, square, rectangular, round and kidney shaped, in the form of an island bed or backed against an ornamental hedge, wall or fence. Plants can be selected to produce a parade of color through all the seasons, or focused for a particular season. Color themes can be polychromatic like a rainbow, monochromatic (for instance all white - perfect for a wedding event), or it can include an Impressionist color consistency, such as yellow and purple; orange and blue; red, pink and silver; blue, pink and white; even black and white or black and orange (among Monet's favorites). A popular seasonal garden design is two parallel border with a lawn path causing a centerpiece such as a sculpture or gazebo.

Tropical Garden. You do not need to reside in a frost-free area to have a lovely tropical garden. At Cedaridge Farm we have 2 - one is a homage to the design approach of the late Roberto Burle Marx, who created significant tropical gardens around Rio. It is in a lightly shaded area and functions plants that are sturdy (like 'Sum & Compound' hosta) but look tropical and tender plants that hurt (like banana trees and tree ferns) that either need moving inside during winter or can be disposed of like annuals at the end of the season. Our 2nd tropical area is a patio with tropical plants grown in containers.

Shade Gardens. We design two kinds of shade gardens - one where the plants supply mainly foliage interest (like ferns, hostas, heuchera and hakone yard), and plants that flower well (like impatiens, coleus, and lilies), or a mix of the two.

Forest Garden. Whether you have existing woodland or you need to develop a woodland from scratch, the outcome can be mind-blowing. Decide whether you want deciduous trees that supply fall color or evergreens that stay green all winter season, or a mixture. At Cedaridge we made a 'cathedral' garden where the existing trees are trimmed high so the trunks appear like the columns of a cathedral, and the branches arch out to satisfy overhead like the vaulted ceiling of a cathedral. Below, we provide 2 more layers of interest, at ground level and the under-story.

Vegetable Garden. We can design you an easy-care garden of raised beds where vegetables are planted in blocks or an edible landscape where edibles are grown for ornamental result. We can provide the plan for a garden that was approved for the White house throughout the Ford Administration where Derek Fell worked as a garden specialist. Derek Fell's book, "Vegetables - How to Select, Grow & Enjoy", won a best book award from the Garden Writers Association.

Herb Garden. The herb garden at Cedaridge Farm is a 'quadrant design', function in many calendars and books, consisting of Derek Fell's 'Herb Gardening for Beginners.' We can also offer a cartwheel design or a parterre herb garden for plentiful harvests of fresh herbs. The Herb Garden can also do double-duty as a vegetable garden.

Cutting Garden. The cutting garden at Cedaridge Farm features bulbs such as tulips and daffodils for spring, and ever-blooming annuals to follow the bulbs so armloads of flowers can be harvested from April through October.

Victorian Garden. A garden with romantic overtones! Envision a white gazebo framed by primarily white flowers for a wedding in the family. Or choose from among numerous color consistencies, such as yellow and blue, red, pink and silver, or blue, pink and white.

Cottage Garden. You do not need a home to have a home garden. But if you do, such as a visitor home, why not wrap it in shrub roses and climbers, plus those delightful English home garden plants like poppies, sunflowers and pinks. We also like to consist of plants to bring in butterflies and hummingbirds.

Stream Garden. Lucky you if you have an existing stream to be landscaped. At Cedaridge Farm we have a stream, but when we moved here it was overgrown with poison ivy and brambles. Today it is criss-crossed with bridges, and beds of moisture-loving plants like astilbe and water iris. If you don't have a stream, but would like one, we can produce a design where the water is re-circulated along one that's man-made but looks natural.

Orchard. You do not need a great deal of area for an efficient orchard. By making the ideal options, fruit trees can be grown in containers or espaliered versus fences and walls to save space. Peaches and apples can be trained over arbors. Simply a couple of plants of small fruits like strawberries and raspberries can be extremely productive.

Bog Garden. Perfect for soils that tend to stay moist all season, bog gardens can be incredibly vibrant and extremely imaginative, including stepping stones and bridges to cross wet areas, and growing a few of nature's most varied plant families, such as water iris, Japanese primroses, astilbe and waterlilies.

Japanese Garden. The problem with many Japanese gardens is a tendency to use pseudo-Japanese components such as Chinese dragons. Derek Fell has two times taken a trip to Japan, has written acclaimed posts about Japanese garden design, and has the experience to design authentic-looking spaces in the Japanese custom using aspects of Zen or Feng Shui, or a combination of the two disciplines to produce a wonderful area.

Italian Garden. Although Italian gardens can be highly extravagant, needing high slopes to achieve the best impact, like the Villa d'Este, near Rome, little areas can achieve the aura of an Italian garden. Derek Fell has not only checked out some of the finest Italian Gardens, such as La Mortola on the Italian coast, and Boboli overlooking Florence, he has actually explored and photographed the Vatican Gardens.

French Official Garden. The intricate style of Versailles Palace and Vaux le Vicompte, may be beyond your means, but elements of French garden design, such as a parterre garden, can be incorporated in little spaces.

Monet's Garden. This beautiful artist's garden north of Paris includes more than a hundred special planting concepts to create what Monet considered his greatest masterpiece. Furthermore, his planting ideas have unquestionably influenced more new garden design than any other garden. Monet's arched bridge, his waterlily pond, his arches leading to the entrance of his house, and his color consistencies are just some examples of Monet's innovation that people today like to emulate.

Tapestry Garden (Trees & Shrubs). The great French Impressionist artist, Paul Cezanne's garden, in Provence, is composed mainly of trees and shrubs, not only as a labor conserving gadget, but to provide a tapestry of color from leaf colors, leaf texture and leaf shapes. What could be more attractive than to keep an eye out of a window of your home at a rich foliage panorama, consisting of all shades of green from light green to dark-green, plus blue, silver, gold, bronze?

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