Photo: Hampton Court, The Woodland Garden

The Woodland Garden. Hampton Court 2003. Best in Show.

The Brief

To create a stunning show piece as part of the annual themed marquee. This garden was to be on the fringe of the woodland and therefore informal and something of a plants man's garden with lots of horticultural interest.

About the Garden

The garden boundary is defined by the line of an old stone wall, now in poor repair. The garden owner has used this as a base on which to build a timber log wall using fallen timber. The wall is supported by vertical timber stakes of random height and finished with brush wood all held together with coppice wood. The wall snakes through the landscape and in places the garden has 'escaped' over the wall into the woodland. The garden consists of indigenous trees with glades and walkways with large swathes of semi ornamental planting around a central decaying tree stump. Adjacent the tree stump solid oak slabs form an informal 'terrace' or paved walkway.

About the Materials Used

The garden swallowed some 10,000 plants. All placed by me and nearly causing a nervous breakdown to not only myself but also my team! All other materials were reclaimed and used in an informal and organic manner. This garden relied predominantly on plant associations and character and as such was a hard act to put together relying on the final construction rather than fine well thought out detail. This one taught me a lot but it was worth it!

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