During his time at Chatsworth House, Ian undertook many projects; one of his most memorable and enjoyable was the creation of the Sensory Garden. This was created with sensory impaired people in mind, providing different experiences involving smell, hearing, touch and visual senses.
The garden featured:
Four raised beds, constructed from sandstone, limestone and blue slate.
Water features, including a stream with a bridge across.
Different path surfaces - gravel, tree bark, rubber and decking.
Areas of shade.
Boundary fences with differing timber types - riven oak, riven chestnut and twisted rhododendron branches.
The planting was designed to incorporate different textured and aromatic plants, ranging from bamboos and grasses, to sweet peas, roses and herbs.
Finally, different bamboos were used to keep everything slightly hidden, creating an atmospheric ‘Secret Garden’ effect.