Maggie’s Centre, Edinburgh

Through the Autumn and Winter of 2018/2019 we carried out some soft landscaping work at Maggies Edinburgh as part of an extension to the Centre including clearance, earthworks, soil improvement and planting.  The garden had been designed by Maggies supporter Emma Keswick with most plants...

Large pool with sculpture

Edinburgh Garden

This garden was built through the winter and spring of 2020 and designed by Ruth Gebbie for our clients in the Grange area of Edinburgh. The original brief was for a garden that included a moving water feature with a sculptural element, lighting, terracing and planting,...

Pond renovation complete

Fife Pond Renovation

Not all of our ponds are bespoke one-off designs from scratch but instead are renovations of existing ponds that have failed in some way.  This, however, does not hinder the creativity and workmanship shown by our team. This project is a great example of how we...

Inverleith

Sitting not far from Edinburgh’s Botanic Gardens, this family garden was re-worked to create more usable spaces for our garden enthusiast clients. Planting beds were enlarged and re-shaped, a patio was re-laid to adjust levels, a granite sett area was created with an Urbis water bowl...

Newington Garden

The centre piece of this garden is an impressive glasshouse from Hartley Botanic around which the design is based. Carolyn Grohmann of Secret Gardens asked us to build her design which includes new patios and paths, gravel areas, a small wildlife pond and a natural stone...

Bo’ness Garden

On the shores of the River Forth, Bo’ness sits looking North over to Fife and the Ochil Hills. The clients were seeking to improve their garden, which we carried out in two stages, working with Carolyn Grohmann of Secret Gardens Design. The driveway was re-built using a...

Scone Park Pond

This is Scone Park Pond.  We planted it many years ago and since then it has been invaded by narrow-leaved bulrush (Typha angustifolia.)  The seed was probably brought in on the feet of water birds or blown in directly.  It’s a nice plant but not...

Kay Park Pond, complete with fountain

Kay Park Pond

The pond at Kay Park in East Ayrshire has been officially re-opened and is being enjoyed by young and old visitors alike. The naturalisation project that Water Gems have worked on there has involved installing a boardwalk and creating a wetland and marginal beds. Plant establishment at the...

The Infinity Pool

This is an infinity pool we built in East Lothian over the winter of 2019 and 2020. The basic idea was to create a relatively long thin pool with a stainless steel edge at the far end so that the pool water looks continuous with the...

Inveresk Village Garden

Designed by Carolyn Grohmann of Secret Gardens Designs, this small courtyard has lots of tricky detail with fanned granite setts, reclaimed Yorkshire flagstones, black slate, paving, Corten steel, and pebbles set into mortar being just a few of the elements of the project. A lead water...