We love a birthday. We spent Sue’s birthday munching celebrations in the car in the rain whilst setting out plants in April. So in July we decided to make the most of the sunshine and celebrate the cherry season for Lissy’s birthday this week. We’re lucky to have our studio in the middle of the Garden of England in the beautiful Kent countryside. At this time of year there are lots of cherry stalls selling straight from the fi
I vividly remember my sense of injustice and disappointment when a university tutor dismissed the French Romantic poetry I was raving about as ‘cliché’. I had only just met it, and I thought it was wonderful. Please then, go to see this wonderful garden before it becomes cribbed, copied, and eventually clichéd. It is so new and so original, yet the formula is old, because this garden takes the best principles of the past and a
How do you describe a garden made in the memory of a daughter who died at nineteen? Romantic hardly seems appropriate, and yet this garden is not a sad or tragic place at all. The enormous energy and empathy of Angelique’s mother Mme Gloria Lebellegard is everywhere evident. Since her husband died she tends to the garden they created together almost alone. The style is romantically abundant, with paths to follow through
(A quotation from H.E. Bates’ A Love of Flowers) So much of garden design is linked to other arts. This planting strategy is based on zones and plant needs – it is for a natural swimming lake and green-roofed holiday homes near the sea – but the inspiration was the Indian Tree of Life with perhaps a nod to Burle Marx.