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How to transform your garden

Posted on by Beyond Bespoke

Six smart ways to maximise your garden (and we’re not talking decking and water features)

Light it up
Clever use of lighting can transform gardens into havens of fun and beauty, and nobody knows about maximising the creative potential of light better than Light IQ, whether you’re looking for a vibrant neon party patio or seductive and discreet areas with up-lights to frame the space and soften the shadow on people’s faces.

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Hide away
An extra guest-room, artist’s studio, writer’s retreat, fishing hut or even a sauna – a Plankbridge shepherd’s hut, made in Dorset, is the ultimate garden hideaway. Based on the proportions and structure of a Victorian original, it comes with insulation and fine detail. Thomas Hardy would approve.

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Think tall
Treehouses aren’t just for children. From fantasy play areas to magical and romantic treehouse hideaways, specialist luxury treehouse company Blue Forest is in the business of making dreams come true, with clients who include royalty, Chewton Glen and the Eden Project.

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Get lost
Always fancied the idea of losing yourself in a maze of your own making? The world’s leading maze designer Adrian Fisher has created more than 600 mazes in more than 30 countries – whether made from hedges, marble, stone, tiles or brickwork – and is critically acclaimed for his award-winning garden design. His work can be seen at the world's finest historic buildings and private gardens, from Alnwick Castle to Blenheim Palace.

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History lesson
Be the king of your own castle when you commission one of Somerset-based Redwood Stone’s incredible designs. From individually designed mock Gothic follies built with weathered Cotswold stone to 300-year-old hand-made bricks and myriad quirky buildings, Redwood has revived the tradition of 18th-century landscape architecture for the 21st century. A guaranteed talking point.

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Outdoor art
Take your garden transformation to a whole new level with a sculpture by one of Britain’s leading contemporary artists, Simon Gudgeon. Working primarily in bronze and with materials such as glass and stainless steel, his smooth, minimalist, semi-abstract forms depict movement and the emotion of a moment

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