Meet Arne Maynard, one of AD TOP 100 INTERIOR DESIGNERS 2017, and his most wanted gardens. 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.
Fundamental 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 and unique 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.
The first garden of my own, Guanock House
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.
An ancient and modern garden, For a manor house in Oxfordshire
Attention to detail, both in the planting and the structure of the garden is supreme, and natural materials, from stone to timber, figure definitely and these are always sourced and selected for their highest quality.
A family garden, For a country house in Norfolk
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.
A contemporary garden, For Bowling Green in Derbyshire
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.
A walled garden, A country house in Sussex
Above all, Arne practices what he believes 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.