The Chain Garden: Get the Look

Leaf Magazine

The current issue of the online gardening and outdoor mag Leaf features this budget minded garden in London that is chock full of good ideas. I thought it would be fun to deconstruct, so you might also be able to 'get the look'.

Katrina Keiffer-Wells of Earth Designs created the space, and she has shared some of her sources.

The garden has 2 central features and the design created 3 zones. Zones help to give the garden purpose and structure, and enable you to begin laying out plants and hardscaping to define the areas that you wish to create. In this garden there is the eating area, which is inside the arbor/chain curtain structure, the relaxing area at the back of the garden, near the water feature, and then, near the entrance to the garden, the storage area.

All three areas got a major makeover with some relatively simple projects.

The pergola was constructed of Green Oak — this is a product that I have not found easily in the US. It is a shame really since the only comparable option that is readily available is pressure treated softwood beams. (Green Oak is naturally rot resistant, as opposed to chemically induced rot resistant). The simple structure took on a much more interesting form with the addition of Chain Curtains. The curtains have a great texture to them, they are fun to run your hands through, they break up the space in a soft way, and they provide interest. These curtains came from Chain Screens in the UK, but in the US you can buy them through Daisy Cake. They come in a rainbow of colors, and daisy cake also sells the railing to hang them.

The table and chairs were the clients' own...but I found these similar versions:
Calligaris at All Modern
Lacko chair by Ikea
Rex chair by CB2.

The storage area got a mini makeover — the shed was given a 'green' roof with a layer of astro turf stretched over the whole thing.

The back of the garden is the real focal point. The water feature is a simple construction of green oak with a trough fountain. (The fountain can be purchased in the UK at Water Features; in the US you would order the same trough, but purchase the pump locally.) Above the water feature is metal outdoor wall paper from Susan Bradley and a lit moosehead from Northern Lighting to top it all off. The containers (from Flora Select) help to give height to the greenery.

The hyper cool chair and the day bed belonged to the owners before the project, and neither are made for full season outdoor use.

If you want to read more about the project and how it came together (including what it looked like 'before'), check out the full story at Leaf Magazine, (on pages 77-82) .

(Images: Leaf Magazine)