This garden splits the Chelsea-going public along the fault lines already present in the show, and in the RHS as a whole: designers vs plants people. And the whole pretty conservative, anyway. 'Ooh, looks like grave stones','Is it wood?' (it's Cor-ten steel, the oxidised layer protecting it from rust), 'Meet me in the cafe when you've done'. I love it, though.
The planting evokes a mediterranean climate and would be sustainable. I can imagine strolling through to one end and back on a summer evening, chatting or dreaming on my own. The structures are strong but not heavy. The glimpses through are poignant. It's a restless garden, movement-wise, but spaces for chairs are there. The limestone walls and platforms will hold the heat long into the evening, making it a place to linger. I followed the whole cork oak saga, video diary.They would have been nice, but the pines are great and stir early memories for me.
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