Vicki Martin BSc(Hons), BVSc
The Willows, Rectory Road, Whepstead, IP29 4TE


Tel: 01284 735950

Mob: 07484 333386

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japanese inspired garden

I'm delighted to announce that my garden has been approved for the National Garden Scheme (NGS or 'the yellow book') in 2020.

I'll be opening by arrangement, mostly for groups - and can offer a garden tour and/or talks. More info to follow!


I took ownership of 'The Willows' in August 2017 and immediately went to work on the garden. Having seen the property for the first time nine months previously, I had a lot of time to plan!

The presence of a pond, complete with koi and goldfish, helped me to decide on the overall theme of a Japanese inspired garden.

I am a passionate plantswoman and brought literally thousands of plants with me from my previous location. This meant that the garden was never going to be a strict interpretation of Japanese gardens - since they tend towards a limited range of plants and minimal planting - and for this reason I am calling it a Japanese-inspired garden.

East Anglia is also 1) dry - so moss is not easy to grow, 2) not a rocky area, so boulders are not locally available, and 3) in this area at least, not offering acid soil for rhododendrons and azaleas - in fact I am on quite heavy clay which requires careful prep with grit and organic matter in order to grow a range of conifers.

The plan shown (not to scale) shows the different areas:




Shady area

Koi pond

Dry Stream

New Pond

Tea Garden

Hokusai's Great Wave

Yew Courtyard

Aster Beds

New Ditch

Bamboo Grove