Creating Ambiance With Gardens

During his 40-year career as a garden writer and photographer, Derek Fell has designed numerous garden spots, many involving his better half Carolyn. The best example of their work can be seen at their house, historic Cedaridge Farm building, in Bucks County, Missouri. There, they have designed more than twenty theme areas, including shade home gardens, sunny perennial borders, tapestry gardens involving trees and shrubs, a cottage garden, herb garden, cutting garden and an ambitious drinking water garden. melbourne synthetic turf

Derek worked as a consultant on garden design to the White wine House during the Gerald Ford Administration. Derek designed Ford’s ‘Win’ garden, pursuing his ‘Win Speech’, counseling the nation ten ways to fight inflation.

A large number of garden designs by Derek Fell have been integrated without inspecting this website. The great late architect Open Lloyd Wright designed beautiful homes for his clients, totally from photographs with no need for a site inspection. 

Fell’s garden spaces have featured in newspapers, magazines, books and also on television, including Architectural Digest, Gardens Specified, The Garden (the mag of the Royal Horticultural Society), Country Gardens, HGTV, QVC and PBS.

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

Lower appeal and ambiance are important to lighten up your propoerty or get it ready for deal. Feel free to ask Derek any garden related questions regardless of how big or small.


Water Backyard. Water is the music of nature. It can be tricked over gallstones, cascaded from a great height so its dives onto rocks. It can along with a stable sheet or as metallic threads. A beautiful drinking water garden with waterfalls and stepping stones can be found in sunlight or hue. The water garden shown is located at Cedaridge Farm. It includes a pool for dipping, and it features both a collection of koi and hardy water lilies. A favorite water garden design includes a koi pool fed with a series of waterfalls, and the re-circulated through filters to keep the water clear.

Sunny Perennial Border. This can be formal or informal, block, rectangular, round and renal shaped, in the form of an island pickup bed or backed against an enhancing hedge, wall or boundary. Plants can be made the decision to produce a march of color through all the seasons, or centered for a particular season. Color themes can be polychromatic like a range, monochromatic (for example all white – simply perfect for a wedding), or it can feature an Impressionist color harmony, such as green and purple; orange and blue; red, pink and silver; blue, white and pink; even black and white or black and orange (one of Monet’s favorites). A popular perennial garden design is two parallel border with a grass path leading to a focal point for example a sculpture or gazebo.

Warm Garden. You do not need to are in a frost-free area to possess a beautiful tropical garden. At Cedaridge Farm we have two – one is a tribute to the design philosophy of the overdue Roberto Burle Marx, who designed dramatic tropical landscapes around Rio. It is in a lightly tinted area and features crops that are hardy (such ‘Sum & Substance’ hosta) but look tropical and tender plants that are tender (like banana woods and tree ferns) that either need moving in the house during winter or can be discarded like flowers at the end of the season. Our second tropical space is a patio with tropical crops grown in containers.