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Ivy Bank Primary School OLYMPIC ORCHARD
We are pleased to say that the youtube video covering the building of the OLYMPIC ORCHARD at Ivy Bank is now on line. Built in August 2012 in the middle of the London 2012 Olympic games, was there a better way of celebrating the fabulous success of Team GB? Please click the image opposite to see the film.
Bexton Primary School garden VIDEO

We are pleased to say that the youtube video covering the building of Bexton school garden is now on line. Please click the image opposite. Please click 'like' if you feel the kids hard work is worth it, that would be great.

RHS Hampton Court Show Gardens 2013


We have uploaded a film on to youtube showing all the Hampton Court Show Gardens.
All mixed up with a little cool Jazz - NICE!

So if you have 9 minutes 33 seconds please click the image opposite to see the film.

Bexton Primary School garden
We are delighted to introduce Bexton Primary School garden, we designed the garden and constructed the main areas, but the school has brought the garden alive by planting the raised beds and decorating them with the help of local artists,
Check out the 26 tonne Caterpillar that we seeded with a 20% wildflower mix, it looks fantastic. In fact the whole area looks like part of the Olympic park.

Relaxing on The Claw with a copy of The Sunday Telegraph. We are pleased to announce we got RHS Silver and the public loved The Claw.

The judges feed back was 'they felt it should have been more violent and apocalyptic. I think that is fair enough, but I ran out of time anyway, so I guess I have to be happy with Silver. and apocalyptic'. Well I

RHS HAMPTON COURT 2013
We are pleased to announce that we were invited to build a conceptual garden at RHS Hampton Court this year.
The garden is called 'The Claw' and it is exactly that. A greaty grass claw rising out of the ground and gouging the ground around it. It is based on the idea that the Earth self harms. Every time there is an earth quake or a volcano erupts the earth is ripped to pieces. 'The Claw' can be seen ripping into the earth and where it does, blood red plants ouse from the ground.
Two events particularly caught my imagination in a grotesque way, one was of the man wandering on the beach wondering what has happened to the sea, only to find within minutes the 2004
Tsunami come crashing in. The other was Boscastle in the same year, a sleepy Cornish town smashed by a horrendous flood that washed everything away, leaving only devastation. We never know when we will see 'The Claw'. Have a nice day.

Our home that was designed and project managed by Dragonfly has been short listed for The Northern Design Award.
With Judges including Sir Terence Conran, Dirmuid Gavin, Linda Barker, George Clarke,
and Wayne Hemingway this is a highly prestigious award. Although we are not an architects practice we can not help taking the chance for exciting design when the opportunity arises.
To see more information please click the image

You maybe interested to see what we did with our own new-build town centre house and garden.
A lot of work went into creating our new home, I hope you think it was worth the effort.
Please click the image opposite to see a short youtube film.

BBC COVERAGE

http://youtu.be/5t6bPIoHIEwwer Show Visionary gardens 2012
Please click the image of Monty Don opposite

The risks of GM crops shown in the form of a giant GM Blueberry crashing through the garden wall and damaging nature.

RHS Tatton Flower Show 2012 'Hindsight'

Youtube film

Please click the image opposite

A garden designed around the potential dangers of GM Crops.

RHS Tatton Flower Show 2012 Interview films
We have have uploaded three films onto youtube, they are around 15 minutes long and we talk to many of the exihibitors at RHS Flower Show Tatton, in an informal way. Includes all four best in show category winners. Please click to links below.

Youtube Part 1

Youtube Part 2

Youtube Part 3
RHS Tatton Flower Show 2012 'Hindsight'
We have have uploaded some pictures of our completed Visionary Show Garden at 2012 Tatton flower show. Please have a look at our giant GM Blueberry, but please remember it has a serious message and you can read some information about the garden at the link below.
For the photos please click the image opposite

RHS Tatton Flower Show 2012 'Hindsight'
We are pleased to announce that this years garden at RHS Tatton Flower will be 'Hindsight'.
The garden is based on our concerns about the production of GM crops. It depicts a traditional garden owned by an elderly couple who purchase a blueberry plant from a garden centre. The plant is advertised as being a fabulous blueberry that grows in any soil type, frost hardy, resistant to insect attack and produces great fruit. Unfortunately the following year a huge blueberry grows, knocking down the garden wall and damaging nature, including an unfortunate rabbit.

Please click the image opposite.

Dragonfly Garden Design is a Cheshire based garden design company offering great ideas to schools, organisations and householders. With multiple awards including RHS Gold Medal and twenty five years constructing great gardens and a property portfolio, we can offer a true design and build experience.

Re-design Macclesfield May 2012
We were asked to re-design a rather tired garden that needed a little love and attention.
We provided a reclaimBuddleja ‘Buzz™ Sky Blue’ed cobbled edging and re-turfed using Rolawn turf one of the better suppliers of quality turf.
We then planted a series of specimen plants such as a Standard Photinia
, several Acer Palmatums and slightly more unusual plants such as Cornus Kousa and Kalopanax septemlobus
For youtube video - click image

Check out the BBC coverage from 2008 by clicking the image opposite. We realised we hadn't linked the film to the web site and some of our web visitors may not have checked it out.


Larch Decking - Alderley Edge
A beautifully constructed deck built in locally sourced Larch. A fantastic material which will last a minimum of 15 years and probably a lot longer. Please take 2 minutes to watch our youtube film by clicking the image opposite.

RHS Tatton 2011 - we are pleased to announce that 'Do Not Step Over The Fence' has won RHS Gold. We are obviously delighted and would like to invite you to view more images by clicking the image opposite.
Thanks
Alternatively please view
http://youtu.be/oESInkZCNJ0

 

Laserline print 01625 576277

We are pleased to announce that our friends at Laserline print have set up a new business. Laserline have supported many of our community projects, we are therefore very happy to support their new venture that will supply great value roller banners direct on the internet.

Check out their new web site @
www.rollerbannerscheap.co.uk
or click the image opposite

 

Northern Design Awards in association with
Concept for Living Magazine
We are pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted for the Northern design awards which will be introduced by Nick Knowles of DIY SOS on October 8th 2010.
You can see our entry at DESIGN AWARDS

NORTHERN
DESIGN AWARDS

Please click the image above to see more.

RHS Tatton 2010 Design
'Garden of the Crystal Skull'
We were ever so slightly disappointed with another Silver Medal at Tatton 2010, we felt that although it is a real honour to get our third SIlver in our first three years of exhibiting, our garden did seem to have such an impact with the poublic that maybe it was worth a little more.
We have even found images on a Korean University web site, so our 'Garden of The Crystal Skull' really has gone global.
Our purple and red planting including purple Acers, Physicarpus Diablo all set off with, South African Blood Lily, Dahlia Bishop of Llandaff with the black talons of Phormium purpureum
snaking their way through the Heuchera Plum Pudding / Palace Purple and Lobilia Cardinalis - WOW what an impact.

RHS Tatton 2010 Design
'Garden of the Crystal Skull'
With Skulls being so fashionable over the last year, from clothes design to Damien Hirst's 'For the Love of God' Crystal skull, this years design is a truelly gothic extravaganza.
We have designed this years garden for an imaginary young Gothic couple in a town environment , so they can enjoy an attractive garden with strong planting design with purples and reds to create a total bloodbath of colour. Of course it should also attract the local vampires.
A huge crystal skull created out of Iridescent glass will be the main centre piece..

Sutton February 2010
Customer requirements.
To clear a rather dated and tired garden, to make the most of the fantastic views. Also
to construct a patio across the full length of the house with access steps to the kids play area.
We created a beautiful curved York stone patio with a curved raised bed and a new lawn.
A great garden.

Congleton Nov 2009
Customer requirements.
Toclear an unused corer and create a circular patio and seating wall.
We created a beautiful India paving patio with the stone seat rising out of the patio.
We planted the area with Sophora Macrophyllia, Acer Palmatum, Nadina Domestica and various other low growing shrubs.

Prestbury. July / August 2009
Customer requirements.
To form a patio across the full length of the house with access steps to the garden.
We created a beautiful patio with mediteranean panting of Olive trees and a specimen Cordyline Australis.
A real success.

Alderly Edge. August 2009
Customer requirements.
To form a seating area next to an existing conservatory.
We suggested digging into the garden to form a private and cosy sunken patio, constructed in reclaimed York stone flags.
To form an entrance to the seating area , we cut a circular bed and planted a beautiful specimen Nandina Domestica.

TATTON FLOWER SHOW 2009
'Radio Live Transmission'
A celebration of Joy Division
THE GARDEN In the summer of 1979 Joy Division released their first album 'Unknown Pleasures'. The minimallist cover was designed by Peter Saville and showed a sequence of radio waves received from a pulsar. The gardens main feature is a 3D sculpture of the radio image, with a Titanium sculpture as an artistic depiction of the pulsar in the back ground.
THE CONCEPT
The concept of the garden is based around the idea that the pulsar or dark star is a metaphor for Ian Curtis, as he too has died but lives on through the Radio waves.

THE DESIGN The design shows a dark star rising above the horizon of distant moon. The dark star is created out of a sheet of Titanium that has been heat treated. The main sculpture of the radio waves is created out of several thousand bamboo poles set vertically to form the profile of radio waves. To follow the radio wave analogy we have used topiary cones indicating four radio masts, and the four members of Joy Division.

Birtles Hall, May 2009
Customer requirements.
To redesign an existing garden using the existing structures.
We suggested removing the Leylandi topiary as it really is not succesful for that purpose
. A series of mature box hedges was planted and Ligustrum balls add focal points. The existing beds were planted with a series of attractive shrubs and trees.
A really succesful planting scheme.

Mobberly November 2008
Customer requirements.
To form an attractive Italian style entrance, and provide mix beds at the rear of garden.
We re-used existing Lavenders with new box hedging with two impressive Ligustrum balls
September 2008
One of our favourites
Customer requirements.
To re-design garden.
After spending a lot of money on the garden a few years earlier we were asked to re-design the area. We created a beautiful garden, with patio, lawn and raised beds and water feature.
It really looks fantastic.
Tytherington August 2008
Customer requirements.
To form a patio across the back of the garden, with a small corner planting area.
We created a beautiful patio with mediteranean planting of an Olive trees and a specimen Cordyline Australis, Phormium tricolour, lavenders and Pinus Mugos complete the mediterranean look. A real success.

Prestbury. July / August 2008
Customer requirements.
To form a patio across the full length of the house
with a circular lawn and planting beds.
It looks great, pictures to follow.

 

TATTON FLOWER SHOW 2008
We are pleased to annouce that the RHS has invited us to build a show garden at Tatton Flower Show. The show runs from Wednesday 23rd July to Sunday 28th July. The garden is in support of he Teenage Cancer Trust who we have been supportng for several years. The garden is called 'Punk's Not Dead' and it has already had a lot of interest. Horticultural weekly has printed an article and our loal paper te Macclesfield Express is covering the story this week (23rd April). We have even had a telephone converation with the TV gardener Chris Collins who is very interested in what we are doing.
We are very proud to have this opportunity as it extremely difficult to win an invitation to build a garden at such a prestigious event particularly at our first attempt
If you would like to read the story behind the garden, please click the image opposite, and see you at Tatton of course.

Prestbury. Oct / Nov 2007
Customer requirements.
To form a patio across the full length of the house with access steps into three sets of patio doors. We created a beauiful patio with related planting areas. with interesting plants including
Michelia Maudiae, Magnolia 'Yellow River' and Camellia Japonica 'Curly Lady'
This is the second property we have completed for our valued customer.
A real success.

     

Alderly Edge . March 07 Revisited
Customer requirements.
To create a bog garden in soggy corner of the garden.
Dragonfly returned to the property after constructing the front garden in 2005.
This was an exciting design for us, being something new to work on. The bog was created and planted and a fabulous water feature added. We supplied Graden Bonsai trees and mature multi stem Acers to complete the design.

Prestbury. March 07 Revisited ed
Customer requirements.
To extend the existing patio into the steep garden, and tie in with the oak deck Dragonfly constructed in 2004.
It was nice to return to the property and see how well used the oak deck had been and how beautifully it had weathered - a rich dark oak colour. The new patio brought the whole garden into one beautiful design.

Wilmslow.February 07
Customer requirements.
To extend a very tired and cramped terraced patio.
Dragonfly extended the patio area out into the lower garden area, constructing an attractive stone retaining wall. In one section the wall was raised to form an enclosed dining area. Both sections were finished with curved walls to give a stylish effect.

Macclesfield. January 07
Customer requirements.
To demolish a brick shed and form a easy maintenance living space to entertain friends.
Dragonfly levelled the garden, formed a raised dining area and left planting areas, including a stylish bamboo screen
.
Another practical design which made the whole garden maintenance free, and very attractive.

Pictures to follow

NEW Plant delivery
We are pleased to announce that we have received our latest delivery of exciting new plants, ranging from £15 through to £375 including a large selection of Acer Palmatum, Bamboo, Magnolia, garden Bonsai trees and some beautiful twisted stem Sophora Japonica Pendula and many more. We generally supply our own garden designs, but if you are after something special please do not hesitate to contact us, we will be pleased to show you our stock.

Along side our garden design business, Dragonfly is an award winning property developer. This year we purchased a Grdade II Listed building. The Georgian town house was built in 1781 and was in need of some serious love and attention. The work continues as of January 07, but you can check our progress by clicking HERITAGE.
Macclesfield. July - Sept 06
Customer requirements.
To totally redesign the existing garden.
Orginally Dragonfly designed a sweeping curved garden, but then suggested we made the most of the existing rectangular form. We designed a series of over lapping squares and rectangles forming an interesting, but highly practicle living area. We saved one or two existing plants and added a contemporary planting scheme.
Pictures to follow
Poynton. Dec 05 - Feb 06
Customer requirements.
To remove the piles of old builders waste and redesign the garden.
Dragonfly suggested rather than remove the piles of soil left by a rather careless building company, we would form a raised area in the garden. This would be retained by dry stone wall, which would in itself be supported by concrete. The finished garden was unrecognisable.
Please click any of the images to see the full construction history.

Adlington. Oct / Nov 2005
Customer requirements.
To form a patio and retaining wall, but as the patio is 100 square metres interest must be provided.
We created the curved retaining wall and patio, but managed to give it real charater with interesting planting of tree palms (Jubaea Chilensis) and bamboos and other semi tropical looking plants.
A real success.

Macclesfield. October 2005
Customer requirements.
To form a flat garden suitable for our client to use whilst suffering from a serious illness. The garden had to be a relaxing place to spend time with a water feature and a covered area to enjoy a cigar or two. We constructed a stylish and relaxing garden in a very tight space. Proving you don't need a huge garden to spend time.

Henbury. October 2005
Customer requirements.
To dig out
a raised bed forming a water feature and in doing so creating a sense of space around the existing conservatory.
We believe we have succeeded in forming a water garden that blends into the surrounding space well and looks natural in its setting.

Macclesfield. June / July 2005
Customer requirements.
The property is almost brand new and in a prestigious neighbourhood, so when a client asks us to create a focal point it is
an anxious moment as the spades start working and turf is removed, however the finished result was beautiful.
A series of areas were created with natural products that mirrored the colour of existing materials. We were also pleased with the planting scheme.

Alderley Edge. July 2004
Customer requirements.
To remove the garden except for the mature acer palmatum (Japanese maple) and create a garden to a set budget.
The customer was delighted with the result, we also thought the existing garden was ready for some improvements.
Please click any of the images to see the full construction history.

Macclesfield. May 2005
Customer requirements.
To update an existing garden, remove a lleylandii hedge and form a usable space.
Dragonfly removed the hedge and replaced it with hazel panels which give privacy, but let some light through. A patio was constructed with perenial planting around it, to the clients request.
Also an oak pergola was built.

Macclesfield. April 2005
Customer requirements.
To form a patio and make a existing stream safe for young children.
Dragonfly suggested bringing the garden into one overall design by building different sections around a single loop of granite cobbles. The areas included the beautifully covered stream, an oak deck and a new stone patio.
Also an existing shed was moved over the stream.

Bramhall March 2005
Customer requirements.
To remove part of the shady lawn and create a corner patio.
Dragonfly
A simple yet attractive patio was constructed out of imported stone flags and edged with granite cobbles.

Peace and quiet.

Alderley Edge March 2005
Customer requirements.
To form a terraced garden from a rather uninspired grass bank.

Dragonfly was very pleased with the result on this garden, not cutting edge design but the garden gently fits into its surroundings.
Another happy client.

Please click any of the images to see the full construction history.

Tytherington. December 2004
Customer requirements.
To construct a new patio and pathways around the house including a new raised area at front of the house, and steps to the drive.

Dragonfly constructed a new imported stone patio and paths with a beautiful set of curved steps leading to the road.
A curved path was also constructed leading to te back of the garage.

Congleton Oct 2004
Customer requirements.
To construct a new patio and
redesign an existing pond.
Dragonfly constructed a new imported stone patio and a slate mulch path with cobbled edgings. The pond was re-designed however on a construction basis, this turned out to be a bit of a nightmare, but the finished result was great. A practical and attractive design once again.
Wilmslow Aug / Sept 2004
Customer requirements.
To remove part of the boggy lawn and create a circular patio.
Dragonfly designed the
garden to give the garden structure. Using the waste top soil to create a raised bed behind a reclaimed stone retaining wall.
The area was planted with ferns

Wilmslow Aug 2004
Customer requirements.
To remove part of the existing tarmac drive and create a private garden.
Dragonfly followed the brief and a beautiful, private garden was created, with a central river cobble feature and a corner patio.
A stone wall, fence and trelis was also erected to give privacy.
Relax....

Please click any of the images to see the full construction history.

Prestbury July 2004
Customer requirements.
Construct a green oak deck on a sloping garden.
Dragonfly constructed a deck with oak steps between the four levels and a hemp rope hand rail. We designed some raised planting areas constructed out of reclaimed stone. Fantastic.

Holmes Chapel July 2004
Customer requirements.
To remove the existing border plants nd create a low maintenance border.
Dragonfly removed all the plants, trimmed the leylandii hedge, removed a bulky conifer and planted the area with acer palmatums, phormiums, dwarf pines, liquid amber etc, etc.
To see pictures from Tatton RHS Flower show please click TATTON

Macclesfield. June / July 2004
Customer requirements.
Front & rear garden re-design
To rip up the existing concrete flagged drive and replace with york stone flags from the rear of property. Then to extend the living space at the rear of the property by building a kiln dried oak deck. The deck is required to come as close as possible to the threshold level to allow easy access onto the new deck.
Dragonfly constructed the new drive with a central river cobble feature and at the rear the beautiful oak deck was given extra style with an integral planting area, containing an
Acer Palmatum Osakazuki

Please click any of the images to see the full construction history.
Macclesfield. May2004
Customer requirements.
Create a low maintenance garden
Dragonfly constructed a green oak corner deck with oak sleepers forming raised beds and an imported stone flag patio.
We use architectural plants such as phormium, bamboo and acers.
Contemporary style.

Macclesfield. May2004
Customer requirements.
Create a patio area and steps to garden.
Dragonfly constructed an attractive reclaimed stone wall, cascading curved beds and a imported stone flagged patio. With attractive planting.
A beautiful patio.

Poynton. April 2004
Customer requirements.
To create a curved green oak deck, to a level as close as possible to the internal floor level.
Dragonfly construted a stylish quadrant green oak deck.
Practical and stylish.

Please click any of the images to see the full construction history.
Macclesfield. March 2004
Customer requirements.
To redesign the whole garden. Dragonfly created a a beautiful curved patio, and interlocking cobbled grassed circles and raised bed. Installed a shed and mulched with blue slate on quality geo textile weed barrier. A wonderful result.
Prestbury. December 2003
Customer requirements.
To build a new deck and patio.
Dragonfly constructed a beautiful deck in green oak, with solid oak 11" x 7" staircase and chunky galvanised handrailing. A patio and step were also constructed in imported flags.
Macclesfield. November 2003
Customer requirements.
To open the garden up maximising the space.
Dragonfly repointed the old patio and constructed a second york stone patio and a reclaimed stone wall with coping. The area was planted with archetectural plant.
Please click any of the images to see the full construction history.
Wilmslow. October 2003
Customer requirements.
To remove old patio and replace with a stylish new patio and wall.
Dragonfly constructed an imported stone patio with a curved edging of granite sets and a reclaimed stone wall with coping.
Wilmslow. September 2003
Customer requirements.
To remove old patio and replace with a stylish new patio and border.
Dragonfly constructed an imported stone patio with a contempory border of granite sets with blue slate mulch and structural planting.

Prestbury. July 2003
Customer requirements.
To maximize every inch of a small garden including the use of a steep disused bank.
Dragonfly
We suggested the construction of a green oak balcony and relevant landscaping.

Please click any of the images to see the full construction history.
Prestbury. June 2003
Customer requirements.
To transform the original exterior patio, drive and paths from there original 1960's concrete and tarmac.
Dragonfly
A combination of imported stone, granite cobbles and antique style block paving.
Rushton Spencer. April 2003
Customer requirements.
To create a large patio, with formal pond and pergola.
Dragonfly.
A combination of imported stone, existing pink sand stone and green oak for the pergola.
Please click any of the picture to view the full construction history.
Our family home. 1998 -1999
We purchased this brown field site in the centre of Macclesfield, Cheshire in 1998. We designed and built it ourselves with the help of many tradesmen who still sub contract to Dragonfly today.
Click either photo to see more information.

The detail above shows the MOT road stone we use as a base for all our patios.
Prestbury August 2003
We were asked to create a small patio, but not just a rectangular block of flags.
We came up with this attractive shape. To give the patio further interest we also used granite cobbles as an edging.

 

Click these images
to see many other examples.