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.
I am catching up with sharing the gardens I toured back in August during my trip to Holland and Belgium. First is the Heerenhof Garden or H House, located in the lush area of Maatricht, Holland. The gardens offer a fresh perspective on design and what can be done in a relatively small and narrow space. The space offers dramatic lines of an ultra-modern glass house and framework of a garden created by the home owners; a dancer and actor turned landscape architects. The gardens are divided into several linked rooms with different themes or in this case maybe scenes influenced by the couple’s theater background. The drama is further reinforced as you walk into the garden where you are greeted by the couple pair of white peacocks which freely roam the garden. The homeowners share an interest in modern art and the sculptures placed around the landscape create a strong presence of their aesthetic. As you wonder the garden and walk through the stacked rooms you are transported from a formal modern theme, to a mixed cottage feel, and back into a hedge topiary sitting garden. If you are in the area and looking for a place to stay the couple offers a chalet at the back of the garden you can rent for the night or two.
I love the contrasting shape of the glass sculpture with the foliage of the Chilean Rhubarb (Gunnera tinctoria)
The vertical aspects of the garden a really add that extra element of beauty through form.
I mean come on, how cool is the corten giraffe….and flanked by the Upright Irish Yew (Taxus baccata ‘Fastigiata)
The garden design in vastly green however the selective addition of the burgundy / board foliage of the
Red Abyssinian Bananna (Ensete ‘Maurelii’ adds a dramatic punch. Not-to-mention really helps the set-off the different shades of green.