I was so lucky to be invited to design the landscape for this wonderful property. The owners knew the site well and how they wanted to use it. Working with Derek Trebilcock and Associates Architects, I needed to incorporate level open space for a marquee, but also deal with significant overland water flow. To that end we built a swale leading to a ‘creek’ that collects and filters the water, before it overflows over a set of old brick stairs (built by the former owner of the property some 50 years ago) and down to the river. This creek and pond are a triumph. Another pressing matter was to provide screening for the neighbour. I like to use a variety of narrow habit trees for boundary screening. It is much less maintenance than a hedge but also much better for plant health and so much more interesting to look at!