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


Tel: 01284 735950

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tea garden

My take on a Japanese tea garden is not a typical one, most importantly for a functional reason: it's my main route to the stables several times a day, so the traditional stepping stones of a tea garden are not appropriate. Instead, I have created an ornamental path (lit at night by the four lanterns alongside) and offered alternative stepping stone routes.

Fencing creates a confined space, as is often seen in tea gardens, and planting is quiet and un-jarring, featuring much foliage, trees for shade, muted colours, little scent and naturalistic pruning methods. The basin feature, with its Oribe lantern (associated with less conventional, more daring garden designs), is another traditional feature - as is the destination at the 'tea house' (summerhouse).