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Nigel Phillips- Classical Garden Design

One of my garden design mentors is Nigel Phillips. Have a look at this lovely garden he designed a few years ago. He takes all the best ingredients of classical garden design and the few twists he adds come from his sense of place and the knowing what will delight the client.
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Garden Design- spontaneous Charleston House

Charleston House- Where the Bloomsbury Group applied all their sense of humour, spontaneity and creativity to the inside of a humble English Cottage. The interior brims with painted baths and wardrobes, tables, chairs and fireplaces. The garden is equally quirky and fascinating having been kept in the spirit of the owners with many original sculptures still in place.


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Cheerful Colour from Australia

To my mind there are five golden principles for garden design.

1) Making a garden serve the functional needs of the person

2) Having good structural bones

3) Proportionally well balanced

4) Interest throughout the seasons

5) An adventure in colour and tone

The following photos I took on my trip to Australia. Notice how the background colour is just as important as the focal colour (You can imagine swapping it for another colour and notice how that would change the whole composition)
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Garden Design using Sculpture

I am not always a fan of sculpture in a garden. Nature is so beautiful and intricate it is a relief not to see the marks of human endeavour in the frame.

However I think garden Sculpture works when it takes us deeper into the landscape or a garden and makes us see nature with fresh eyes. Maybe in contrast or as a compliment or as a way to humble our position in the world.

I like the prostrate marble figure at Parham House in West Sussex so different from classical sculptures where the hero has triumphed, or the death mask, also at Parham, with its reminder that the trees will last long after we are forgotten. And the shy woman wrought from cold hard stone but also soft and considerably more fragile than the bricks and branches and and plant life around her.

The floating Blue Circle turns ornamental grass into an ocean of movement and subtle colour and the cube of photos, taken from the Chelsea 2016 Flower Show, now residing at the Praire Gardens, makes us stop and think about nature and the images we take of it.

 

 

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Mad Hatter Garden Dinner Party

Anyone for chicken?

A friend's dinning table.

 

 

 

 

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