Gardens for Partying

Posted on 13th Jul, 2010

Garden Party – ‘social event on lawn or in garden‘ Concise Oxford English Dic

Gardenmakers celebrate 7th Anniversary with Garden Party for clients, friends and family.

The Late Victorian era witnessed the advent of The Garden Party as an important part of the summer social scene. From grand formal gatherings, a la Buckingham Palace to impromptu tea parties, gardens whatever their shape or size should be able to play host to a party.

Traditionally the grounds of large estates would be shown off at the height of the flowering season with formal invitations for refreshments – tea, coffee, lemonade, sandwiches, cakes, and ice cream; Games – lawn tennis, croquet and horseshoes, along with boating and soft background music provided by a string quartet. Ladies in bonnets and gents in boaters would loll around on bright cushions and rugs or gently stroll in the grounds with a parasol in hand!

These days a garden party can mean anything and everything but it remains a great British tradition. All Garden Design commissions at Garden Makers are approached with entertaining in mind. The garden as an outdoor room with space for formal dining, or more informal dining such as BBQ, pizza oven or even full scale outdoor kitchen can be incorporated into a new garden scheme. Along with areas for sitting out with a beer or glass of wine in hand or areas for lazying around, there is furniture to accommodate every style, mood and look. Garden Makers enjoy working with clients to personalise their outdoor spaces to create spaces that work for parties.

To celebrate completing our 7th year in partnership Garden makers hosted our own Garden Party at the end of June. Louise’s garden played host for our party – designed very much as a garden for entertaining the three different levels create flexible areas for congregating and moving between as well as providing space for different uses from formal and informal dining, open space for drinks or dancing, to the sundownder deck for lazing and relaxing.

Held on one of the hottest days of the year, the garden provided a wonderful backdrop for our celebration. Following tradition, our guests were offered sandwiches, cake and Pimms. We sacrificed the string quartet for a very 21st-century form of entertainment – TV, as England were playing their World Cup quarter final match against Germany. After the disappointment of the match, the garden provided solace and the party continued!

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