August 03 2014
As our exciting new design studio at the White Hart comes closer to completion, I find myself thinking about how the exterior will complement the newly refurbished interior — especially considering the numerous windows and French doors overlooking the garden.
Landscape plays a huge role in determining the feel of a place and in that respect I am particularly drawn to the work of Belgian landscape gardener, Jacques Wirtz. His work marries architectural structure and disciplined choice of planting with imaginative spatial sequences. Nowhere is this more evident that in Wirtz's own garden, with its famous “cloud” box hedges. I am particularly fond of box, more formally known as Buxus, and have been taking cuttings of this beautiful and slow growing shrub from my own home garden for some years. I now have a good supply ready to replant and hope to create my own box cloud hedge at the White Hart. The trick is looking beyond what is currently a building site to imagine the entrance totally transformed by pleached trees and structured planting to create a formal garden.
Beyond the formal garden I plan to sew a wildflower meadow, which takes its inspiration from the wild beauty of the surrounding fields, woodlands and rivers. All that’s left is to find the perfect bench which, once rightly positioned, will create a wonderful spot for musing on the many interior design projects to come. Our Riverside Townhouse project is another example of thoughtful interplay between interior design and exterior landscape so please do have a look if you are in the mood for more green-fingered inspiration.