A celebration of gardens

Today, like every day, I find myself thankful.  Thankful for friends and loved ones,
thankful for a comfortable life and the ability to travel, and thankful for having found my passion in
landscape design.

Today, I want to
share with you some of my favorite gardens from a recent trip to England and
Wales, where I traveled for two weeks with my mother, who is also a passionate gardener. 

Of the many gardens we saw, several spoke to me as
‘special.’  Chapelside, a private garden
not far from Manchester, was one of those. 
Chapelside was owned and maintained by a lovely couple.  She was the plant person.  He was the sculptor.  Their work and inspiration combined to create
a welcoming, relaxed and whimsical garden….a place with many rooms for
enjoyment and reflection. 

Chapelside was set in the valley surrounded by farms
Stone and plant material formed a partnership of harmony and balance
The sculptor used precisely arranged stones to create a waterfall, seemingly frozen in time
Another inspirational private garden was Nunwick Hall, an estate that had been passed down from generation to generation.  The stately home was surrounded by striking
gardens and sculptural elements that had been lovingly placed by its owners. 

The majestic Nunwick Hall made a statement in the landscape

The formal gardens provided a perfect segue to the pastures beyond.

Sculptures bloomed along with the flowers
Ness Botanic Garden was another amazing space.   A large, diverse, botanic garden, Ness
rivaled Longwood in Kennett Square, PA, one of my personal favorites.  Ness included a sunken garden, heather garden, spiral
garden, rock garden and vegetable garden. 

One of the impressive wildflower meadows

The sunken garden which was used for weddings and other celebrations

The spiral garden complete with ‘waves’ made out of Astroturf that was attached to organic shapes
I hope you have enjoyed this virtual tour of some beautiful
and inspiring gardens. I have more to share and promise to indulge you with photos of additional gardens soon.  In the meantime, I know I’ll be
influenced by these images and experiences as I work with clients to help them
create their own amazing spaces.  

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