Central to Arne Maynard's work as a garden designer is his
ability to identify and draw out the essence of a place, something
that gives his gardens a particular quality of harmony and
belonging. He has a holistic approach to design and believes that
to succeed, a garden must relate and respond to its surrounding
landscape, its history and to the buildings within and around its
confines, as well as to the needs of its owners.
Bold lines and a strong architectural framework are
characteristic, and hedges and walls are used to divide the gardens
into separate areas and to give year-round presence and a sense of
permanence. To counter-balance the formality of these lines, Arne
often creates soft inner plantings of herbaceous flowers and roses
that are casual, lush and expansive.
Attention to detail, both in the planting and the structure of
the garden is paramount, and natural materials, from stone to
timber, figure prominently and these are always sourced and
selected for highest quality. Arne's designs draw on a wide range
of references from architecture to garden history, and from
interior design to often long-forgotten traditional crafts and
techniques. He will use details such as the coping for a wall, the
design of a gate or a garden building to add another dimension and
bring to a garden a further layer of interest and complexity.
Most importantly, Arne practices what he preaches and is a
passionate and experimental gardener. At his home in Monmouthshire
he is in the process of designing and landscaping the garden around
his beautiful medieval tower house.