Two densely planted mounds slope down into a mirrored water pool. A cut through the water forms a path to the centre of the garden. The path shifts in size and shape at different points within the garden. A focus on foliage and rare plants. Two incisions are cut through the mounds. Awarded the People's Choice Award and an RHS Silver-Gilt Medal.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014
Sponsored by the Garden Museum
A pavilion structure houses a garden. The garden is designed to be looked onto and contemplated, rather than entered. Revealed through a single aperture, the garden is filled and tumbling with wild uncultivated rare plants, collected by Sue and Bleddyn Wynn-Jones from seed in the wild. Many of the plants are new to science and have never been seen before, including new genus Uocodendron whartonii. An irrigation system emulates natural rainfall and lighting emulates sunlight. Sponsored by The Garden Museum, this garden was awarded an RHS Silver Medal.
Nishinoyama House, Kyoto, Japan
Six gardens for a SAANA complex of houses and artists studios in Kyoto. 1. Cloud Garden: slits are cut through the wooden floor. A humidifier set beneath the floorboards generates a cloudy mist that rises into the space. 2. Forest Garden: out of a hole punctured through the courtyard floor, a rectangular block forest of forest. The plants are tightly clipped so as to maintain a rectangular volume of jungly entwined vegetation. 3. Mirror Garden: a single tree leans downwards towards a mirror pool of black water. The tree is mature and gnarled. The tree is shaped as a tree growing on the edge of a cliff, blown in the wind. 4. Mountain Garden: a mound rises out of the ground in the centre of the courtyard. Mist emanates from a hole in the mound, slit at the centre. The natural mountainside terrain is dotted with clumps of wild grass and annual meadow. 5. Rice Field Garden: a square field of rice grows in the centre of the courtyard. A mirror pool of black dyed water reflects the rice plants beneath. A mirror set into the wall behind looks down over the plants as they set seed to rice. 6. Sky Garden: a cobalt blue water pool sits square on the ground, reflected on the wall by an angled mirror. The pool is edged with aluminium. The mirror is reflective both sides.
A tangle of forest is contained within a concrete architecture. A ramp navigates upwards around the inside of the building. Moving up through the space the experience of the landscape moves from the forest floor to the tree canopy.
Sketches Towards Jungle Box
Thomas Struth Paradise Series
Geoffrey Bawa Kandalama Hotel
Set in the Turkish countryside outside Istanbul, a spiral path rises out of the ground, revealing itself as a walled garden. A waterfall at the centre flows outwards into a pool of water.
Land swells and rises to a vertical edge. From above, a waterfall cascades down to a pool below. A passage through the centre of the land-bulge enables access.
A courtyard garden is punctured into the top floor of a London townhouse. Viewed from the interior, the densely planted garden illustrates the changing seasons. Fresh growth of deciduous plants in Spring is followed by a lush glowing summer green, autumn red and yellow before the leaves fall to expose bare winter branches. The ground is covered in a carpet of moss. A navigable path sets out a single route through the garden.
A restoration and development of an Arts and Crafts garden once owned by the Sutton family of Sutton Seeds. Laid out originally in 1903, the garden is made up of distinct areas including the double herbaceous border, the long walk, the sunken garden, the shrubbery, the shade garden, the upper and lower lawns. Recent introductions include rare plants and trees collected from the wild by Sue and Bleddyn Wynn-Jones. One such new tree includes the newly described Rhederodendron indochinensis, many of the much-praised Schefflera family, and apline Gunnera kilipiana collected in Guatemala.
Water Curtain Garden
Sketches towards a garden that centres around a curtain of water that creates a veil. There are no plants in this garden.
The ground is slit and pierced.
The Butts London
West London / Residential
A large field-like garden for attached to an old cottage on the outskirts of London. Blocks of ornamental grasses are planted as volumes. A clearly defined path, raised and edged with aluminium, navigates the garden. A focus on winter seed-heads and autumn colour.
Waving Hedge Paddock
Two hedges weave and ribbon in and out of one another. Design for a set of interlinking paddocks, some for resting horses and others for riding horses. The base hedge of Ilex or Buxus is cloud clipped at varying heights runs under a tightly pruned Carpinus over-hedge which runs steady with it's regular stems weaving in and out of the cloud hedge below. These hedges are the only fencing to the spaces. The gate is neatly hidden by the hedges.
The restoration of an exquisite parkland in Oxfordshire, UK.