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Mary Ann Le May

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Garden Designs

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A garden should be really special . . .

an oasis of calm on summer evenings after the day’s work is done
spectacular colours beset by spiders’ webs in the autumn morning mists
sculptural shapes accented by the frost on wintry afternoons
fresh new growth in the spring with the promise of warmer days ahead . . .

Discover the ‘capabilities’ of your special space - enter through the garden gate.

THE DESIGNER
Mary Ann qualified at the Oxford College of Garden Design in 1996. During the course her work was exhibited at both Chelsea and Hampton Court. In 1997 she took the RHS General Examination in Horticulture, passing with credit. In the same year she won a Gold Medal for a courtyard show garden at the Thames Valley Flower Show with friend and colleague, Susan Chapman. In that year she was also awarded a silver salver as the Living Heritage Garden Designer of the Year. In 2002 she built her second show garden at the Blenheim Palace Flower Show, once again collaborating with Susan Chapman, for which she won a Silver Medal. She teaches Garden Design at the Chiltern Garden School which she runs with a colleague, and is also a tutor for the Institute of Garden Design. She also opens her garden to the public from time to time and has recently completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design.

Coming from a graphic design background, she believes that the garden should empathise with the house and its surroundings and become a truly special place. She is interested in both contemporary and traditional styles and is quite happy to tackle any size of garden. She is based in south Oxfordshire near the Berkshire border, and works within a 25 mile radius of her home.

SERVICES
Services offered range from a consultation for advice and ideas to a complete redesign for your garden, including plans drawn to scale with a detailed report, construction drawings and planting plans as necessary, tendering, and contract monitoring while the work is carried out efficiently by professional landscapers.

Consultancy Service
A site visit for advice and discussion of ideas, which can be accompanied by a pencil sketch with planting suggestions if required.

Design Service
A consultation and full site survey are followed by a pencil concept sketch showing proposed design details. The final version, known as an Outline Plan, is drawn to scale and clearly labelled. A detailed report with further advice and planting suggestions is also included.

Construction Service
Tendering for landscaping contractors can be handled, with contract monitoring while the work is carried out. Further details such as setting-out dimensions, construction drawings, contracts and specification documents can also be provided.

Planting Plans
These can be drawn up to scale and accompanied by detailed plant lists for ease of ordering, with a maintenance schedule as an extra option.

Planting Service
Unusual plants and/or mature shrubs and trees can be sourced and supplied, with setting out if required. A planting service can also be arranged.

Sourcing Service
Sculpture, water features, specially designed fencing and ornamental metal work can be sourced and/or commissioned to order.

Postal Service
The postal service is available for the client who lives further afield and/or wishes to do the work themselves. On reception of a scale drawing of the site, together with photographs and a wish list, an Outline Plan is drawn up together with a written report containing construction details and planting suggestions.

Contact:
Mary Ann Le May
Blissetts
West Hagbourne
Oxfordshire
OX11 OND
Tel 01235 850523
Fax 01235 851153
Email maryann@maryanndesign.co.uk

GARDEN DESCRIPTIONS
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contemporary town garden
contemporary town garden
Steel structures in a contemporary setting The client was interested in the Art Deco period of the early twentieth century, collecting Clarice Cliff pottery and Charles Rennie Mackintosh furniture....
country garden with natural stream
country garden with natural stream
A child-friendly garden in a rural setting The main feature of the property is a natural stream which flows into the garden, forming a pond in the front before winding its way past the house and out...
knot garden for a seventeenth century cottage
knot garden for a seventeenth century cottage
A traditional front garden for a cruck-framed cottage A privet hedge was removed to reveal Victorian iron railings along the boundary, and gates in a similar style were made to complete the illusion...
Mary Ann Le May
Mary Ann Le May
Mary Ann Le May 1996 *Diploma in Garden Design, Oxford College of Garden Design *Garden plan exhibited at Chelsea and Hampton Court 1997 *RHS General Certificate in Horticulture *RHS Gold Medal,...
railway sidings garden
railway sidings garden
Public space sponsored by the Rotary Club of Didcot A reference to the railway past of Didcot provided the theme for this site adjoining a roundabout in Didcot in Oxfordshire. Reclaimed railway...
Show Garden: Blenheim Palace Flower Show
Show Garden: Blenheim Palace Flower Show
The Rhythm of Time Garden This Silver medal winning garden was based on the concept of different cycles: the passage of day and night represented by the sunrise and sunset colours in the planting...
Show Garden: Living Heritage Thames Valley Flower Show
Show Garden: Living Heritage Thames Valley Flower Show
A Small Courtyard Garden The aim of this Gold medal winning modern courtyard garden was to showcase ideas which visitors could then use in their own gardens at home. The courtyard measured only 20ft...
sloping suburban garden
sloping suburban garden
A woodland garden with natural pond The garden was redesigned to include a natural pond within a woodland setting. The slope of the garden allowed a stream and waterfall to be created with marginal...
small modern suburban garden
small modern suburban garden
Compact back garden for a new house The garden was designed to complement the contemporary style of the house with clean lines while providing access from both the conservatory and the kitchen....
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