The gardens at Afton Park were planted over a six year period and received national acclaim in magazines such as Gardens Illustrated and Country Living for the planting combinations and the way the gardens quickly matured to sit within the local environment.
The garden was built in an open area which was originally a flat and windswept field. So Chris created a series of garden 'rooms' by using hedging, fences and plants as boundaries. But she also embraced the location by using plants that enjoy sunlight, are tolerant to drought and provide movement in the wind.
Structures like the Apple Arbor and upright posts provide height and interest while sculptures act as focal points within the garden. Because this is a commercial garden, open to the public, it has been designed to be at its best in the summer months which is the main tourist season on the Isle of Wight.
Please note that Chris Barnes is no longer involved in the design or management of this project.