Marc Sway and his garden for life: A retreat and meeting place at the same time

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Last year we had the pleasure of remodeling the garden of Swiss musician Marc Sway. The young family wanted both a meeting place and a retreat. The personal needs were central from the beginning and were taken into account in the planning.

In the following video, Marc Sway personally explains how the conversion went from planning to implementation and which moments he particularly remembered.

Before the garden transformation

The family previously had a typical garden, as is often seen in Switzerland. It was not very appealing and consisted practically only of lawn and single trees and hedges at the property line. There was a small covered seating area, which was used for eating.

The goal was to create a garden that would serve the whole family. The children should get their own bathing paradise and at the same time privacy should be considered. It was also clear that the whole space had to be used, because there was a lot of potential lying fallow. The family likes to celebrate parties and spoil their loved ones. Therefore, it was also necessary to ensure that the entire area could be used.

The garden during the reconstruction

After all the wishes were put on paper, the construction work could begin. Before the wishes could come true, the space was first cleared. As Marc Sway told us, this initial phase was somewhat sureal for him. Suddenly the whole garden was gone and he was faced with a brown area. In moments where imagination is called upon, one thing above all is needed: trust in the process. As Marc himself tells us, the team always gave him a good pick-me-up in such situations, so that he could relax and enjoy the progress.

Nevertheless, it took a lot of imagination to visualize the future oasis of well-being during this phase. To sweeten this waiting time, Marc was also allowed to get behind the wheel of an excavator and dig out his garden himself.

The family decided to install a living pool in the garden. Unlike conventional chlorine pools, this one is cleaned without chemicals. This means that there is no skin or eye irritation. The natural pool was maneuvered into its eventual place with the help of a crane.

The planting plan is a detailed view of where the desired hedges and plants will later be placed.
Planting plan overview

When the construction work was coming to an end, the planting could begin. With the help of the plants, life was breathed into the garden. The entire area around the pool was framed with a variety of grasses, perennials and trees. The varied planting brings different splashes of color to the outdoor living room.

Crystal blue bathing paradise without chemicals

It was not only to build a garden, but to beautify life. Marc's statement was also put into practice. The children can splash around carefree in the new Living Pool, while the wooden privacy screen takes care of the necessary privacy. The two water spouts made of travertine provide a visual and acoustic highlight by setting the surface in motion. At the same time, the sound of falling water relaxes and magically attracts.

Next to the pool is a modern lounge, on which the family can comfortably linger. The wooden privacy screen seamlessly merges with the wooden deck made of Sipo and creates a homey atmosphere. Apart from its visual appearance, the wooden deck also serves a practical purpose. Namely, the pool technology was installed here. Light-colored travertine slabs were laid around the natural pool. The large slabs visually enlarge the garden and connect the house with the outdoor living room.

A garden for life

As the family told us at the beginning of the planning phase, they like to enjoy their time with friends and relatives. Therefore, during the implementation, care was taken to make the entire garden area usable. For example, a gravel barbecue area was planned from the unused area next to the existing glass roof. Replacing the lawn with walkable areas has also provided plenty of new, usable space. At the same time, the planting adds to the homey atmosphere.

The new garden was inaugurated together immediately after completion of the work. Marc Sway and his family invited us to a cozy dinner in their garden. There we could toast together to the successful project. Now the garden can continue to grow together with the family.

Other key data around the garden design

Garden planning

PARC'S garden design - Our partner designs a garden according to your needs.

Garden lights

Amadeo Ambiente - Swiss online store offers a variety of planters and lamps for indoors and outdoors.

Planting in the garden

Perennials and grasses

  • Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote Blue' (Lavender 'Hidcote Blue')
  • Echinacea purpurea 'Little Magnus' (Red coneflower)
  • Anemone hupehensis 'Praecox' (Early Autumn Anemone)
  • Verbena bonariensis 'Lollipop' (Tall verbena 'Lollipop')
  • Galium odoratum (Woodruff)
  • Gaura lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies'(Magnificent candle 'Whirling Butterflies')
  • Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln' (lampbrush grass, feather bristle grass)


  • Berberis thunbergii hedge (Green hedge barberry)

Woody plants

  • Amelanchier lamarckii umbrella form (copper rock pear)
  • Acer palmatum (Fan maple)
  • Acer palmatum 'Garnet' (Fan Maple)
  • Syringa vulgaris 'Katharine Havemeyer' (Noble Lilac 'Katharine Havemeyer')
  • Taxus baccata shrub (common yew)
  • Hydrangea paniculata 'Bobo' (Panicle Hydrangea 'Bobo')
  • Viburnum lantana (Woolly Snowball)

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