River Garden floats judges’ boat

PUBLISHED: 09:25 28 April 2015 | UPDATED: 13:30 28 April 2015

The River Garden in St Albans

The River Garden in St Albans


The Society of Garden Designers has recognised the work of St Albans’ Rosemary Coldstream, awarding her River Garden ‘best pocket garden’ at its annual awards

Judges described the St Albans courtyard garden (pictured below) as ‘a thoughtfully-designed space offering an individual solution to an unusual location – interesting ideas, seamlessly executed’.

Coldstream said of the brief: ‘The clients wanted to make the most of their location next to a small river. So I created four gradual changes of level to help enhance views across the water. The design also maximises the width of the garden and helps to frame the view. The lower terrace is reminiscent of a jetty, cantilevered over the water and wrapping around a large tree, with curved seating that allows for a late afternoon spot to sit and watch the world – and wildlife – drift by.’

Originally from New Zealand, Coldstream has lived and worked in Hertfordshire and across the south-east for the past decade after studying garden design at Capel Manor in Enfield. She said of the award, ‘Gaining this recognition for one of my gardens is incredible. It’s wonderful to create a garden my clients are delighted with and which receives an accolade from the SGD. These awards raise the profile of the garden-design industry, and above all inspire homeowners and businesses to turn to professional garden designers to create their own gardens and public spaces.’

The SGC awards celebrate the highest standard in garden and landscape design, including recognition of community-garden projects, international schemes, excellence in public and commercial outdoor space and a lifetime achievement award.

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