At Home - Grow, Dine and Relax by Anne Keenan


Garden Award: Bronze 

Designer: Anne Keenan

Contractor: Walmsley Shaw

Henry and Daisy are a young couple living in their first home - a contemporary urban flat with a spacious balcony. They are design-savvy, but have relatively little excess income. They want a cool, creative, affordable, outdoor space in which to entertain their friends. Daisy is keen to start growing some of her own food, but has no experience of gardening.

They both enjoy fine cuisine, and Henry surprised Daisy by proposing before lunch at Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons! So they want to take inspiration from that special visit, and particularly remember the micro-greens, the glasshouse, their tour of the kitchens and the environmental ethos.

The balcony garden needs to be constructed in stages, as funds allow, and ideally the main elements should be easily transportable, for re-use or up-cycling at their next home. There needs to be space to sit and entertain friends, and to cook and share food, while surrounded by an interesting range of easily grown edible plants, and plants that look really good on display.

Five Key Plants in the Garden 

  • Micro-leaves - vegetables, herbs & weeds e.g. broccoli, horseradish, nettles
  • Cut-and-come again salads e.g. lettuce & pea shoots
  • Herbs e.g. thyme & chives - for perennial use
  • Flowers (violas & day lilies)
  • Figs - grown in a bush form

About the Designer

Anne Keenan is a landscape architect & garden designer who designs award-winning public & private gardens  

She has extensive experience, and brings to every project a meticulous eye for detail, a collaborative way of working and, above all, a passionate desire to help her clients create gardens and landscapes that will give them pleasure and meet their needs for years to come.

Anne is based in beautiful north west Hampshire, and established her own practice as a garden designer and landscape architect back in 1997. Since then, she has worked on projects all over the UK, and occasionally abroad, with much of her work resulting from satisfied clients recommending her to others.

Anne enjoys variety, and her portfolio is extremely diverse, ranging from private gardens of all sizes, through public parks and education projects, to heritage restorations.

Before training as a designer, Anne spent many years in education, as a teacher and lecturer, which she believes played a valuable role in developing her ability to listen responsively to clients. She considers this central to her work as a designer, enabling her to arrive quickly at a clear understanding of the needs of those who will be using the outdoor space.

She retains her interest and involvement in education, sitting on Hampshire Gardens Trust Education Committee for 20 years as well as, when time permits, providing tuition or talks for aspiring garden designers or keen amateur gardeners.