Since old man winter has his grip tight on the throat of the Midwest I want to continue with the theme of gardens I have visited that inspired me over the years. This garden is a private residence that I was very fortunate to visit while studying in Northwest, England. Cheshire is really know for its medieval wall and Tudor architecture – well, this garden is a far stretch from traditional England with the garden’s modern architecture, contemporary sculpture, extensive block plantings, & and use of bold colors(mainly chartreuse and burgundy) . When I visited the garden it was still a relatively young garden, it terms of English gardens so I am very excited to one day visit again. I hope these photos help to warm your creative spirit on a cold winter day.
Today in Central Ohio the temperatures are in the teens and the landscape it an abyss of white and grey. Since I was feeling uninspired by my surrounding- I am sure that others may be in my shoes. Over the years I have been very fortunate to visit gardens all over North America and Europe, call it a pilgrimage or a quest for inspiration. One garden that inspired me was Palace Het Loo situated in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. The Dutch Baroque garden, often called the ‘Versailles of Holland’. Though the gardens are similar to the Palace of Versailles , the gardens were not designed by Le Notre, rather his nephew Claude Desgots. The garden is formulated on the Baroque style of perfect symmetry, axial layout with radiating gravel walks, parterres with fountains, basins and statues. If you are planning a summer trip to Holland I would recommend adding this to your stop. I toured the gardens for about 3 hours and that seemed to be enough time. Enjoy the photos and I hope you find inspiration.
Awhile back I got hooked on watching garden videos featuring my favorite designers. Dan Pearson is one of those great landscape designers whom I admire for his combinations as well as his overall designs. What makes this video so amazing is the ability to place the viewer in the garden with the mixture of sounds, soft movements and multiple compositions throughout the garden both large and small. Gardeners appreciate both the overall design experience (wide pan angles) in addition to the beauty of the individual flower.
Below here are some images of the same garden if you don’t have have the 19 minutes to watch the video.