The Salad Deck by Andy Bending

Garden Award: Silver-Gilt

Designer: Andy Bending

Designed for busy, young professionals this garden demonstrates the possibilities of growing food in a small, multi-functional space. It is a haven full of scented, colourful herbs, salads and edible flowers.

The planting space is maximised with a living-wall and beds bursting with edible delights, off-set against a calm space with minimal forms, complemented with edible succulents. The self-sufficient ethos of the garden is supported by the use of sustainable, reclaimed timber decking.

Five Key Plants in the Garden 

  • A living-wall of salad leaves, herbs and flowers to delight the senses
  • A fruit tree espalier on the edge of the patio
  • Creeping Thymus Serphyllum
  • A calming wall of succulent Sempervivums 

About the Designer

Andy has been designing and creating gardens for over 15 years in Bristol, Oxfordshire, Australia and the U.S.A.

He studied garden design with David Stevens and planting design with Caroline Tatham at the Cotswold Gardening School. He has a degree in Landscape Management from the University of Reading. He studied permaculture design in the UK and at the Permaculture Research Institute in Queensland, Australia in 2009.

In 2012 Andy set up Bristol Organic Gardening, and has been successfully running a gardening business with an environmental ethos at its core, offering a chemical-free and wildlife friendly gardening service.

In more recent years Andy has concentrated on offering garden design to clients in the Bristol area and beyond, working with private and professional clients, student housing companies, and large estates.

Much of Andy's work is influenced by what nature has to offer, the use of plants with wildlife in mind, sensory elements and the use of natural products.

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