A large, protected Chestnut tree proved a challenge in this Amsterdam Canal garden. It’s protruding roots and the lack of sunlight called for a creative solution. A high spec artificial lawn for the children was installed and the roots were covered with wooden slats, doubling as a raised lounging platform under the tree. For privacy, the hardwood slats were used to create a perimeter fence, including an integrated storage shed in the same fashion. Contemporary furniture completes two buffed stone terraces. To soften the feel of these materials, a clipped Yew hedge with rambling roses and Clematis finish this family garden in a historic part of the city.