SGD scholar Simon’s backyard – Portugal – Profitable Backyard & Way of life Design

This week we’ve got a Portuguese paradise belonging to Simon & Imi – it definitely wasn’t a paradise to start with although – I’ll go you over to Simon to provide the particulars…

Hello Rachel

I’ve been desirous to drop you a line for some time…

As a flat dweller in Hong Kong for over 20 years, once I moved to Portugal in 2020 I had no concept the place to begin with gardening.

Whereas the builders have been busy wrecking what was within the present backyard, I took your Profitable Backyard Design Course and set about planning for one thing new.

Here’s what we began with:

I used to be happy to seek out the Quick Monitor Backyard Design Course which supplied a sensible method with complete supplies. As I obtained caught into the course, it grew to become simpler to find out what we preferred and what we didn’t, and this helped us construct confidence in creating our personal design.

Our want listing was bold – totally different areas through which we may loosen up, socialize, play video games, a jungle, a scorching tub, a farm… The challenges have been a back-to-front wrap-around odd-shaped backyard on a web site sloping from entrance to rear, selection of building supplies, selecting vegetation, price range and ongoing upkeep. The course helped inform our selections on all of those points when contemplating the design.

One other helpful useful resource I discovered was a cell app: Solar’s Path. This advised me the place the sunshine would fall at totally different occasions of the day or 12 months, which helped guarantee our sundown deck wouldn’t be left within the shade on the essential time. Philp Oostenbrink’s “The Jungle Backyard” e book was additionally a wonderful information.

Discovering a gardener with experience on native vegetation and entry to nurseries was necessary, and researching and discovering vegetation that will thrive based mostly on our USDA Plant Hardiness Zone additionally meant that we may get the vegetation that we preferred if not sourced regionally.

Executing on our last design, we cleared many of the backyard and began once more. We flattened the slope on the entrance and constructed a retaining wall to create two ranges. On the entrance we’ve got a garden bordered with shrubs and flowers with a big patio in entrance of the home for eating.

From the previously loopy paved washing line space on the facet, we floated a pergola island on a sea of gravel with a scorching tub deck on sleepers. We retained the badminton court docket and put in raised mattress planters on the south-facing rear of the home, and possibly one of many world’s solely uphill petanque court docket occupies the shady west facet. The builders thought we have been loopy however we caught to our weapons and we’re thrilled with the end result.

Rachel’s course is a superb useful resource for anybody seeking to create a gorgeous and useful backyard, offering a wealth of data, ideas and steering to assist learners like us to attain their targets. With out this course, we wouldn’t have identified the place to begin…



Congratulations to Simon and Imi – what an incredible transformation! I do hope you retain us up to date because the backyard matures. Thanks a lot for sharing your design journey and outcomes with us :o)