Jueves, 14 de julio de 2011

Six new contemporary gardens were created in 1999 to enhance several of our most popular properties. The designers were chosen by an open competition.

Eltham Palace

The competition won by Isabelle van Groeningen, was for a design for the south moat borders and adjacent woodland. Isabelle's design used a palette of herbaceous and woody plants, including climbers on the walls of the ramparts, to reflect the colours of flower and leaf associated with the exuberance of the 1930s, when the Courtalds were in residence.

The South Moat border planting has been designed to give a long season of interest, and the woodland to provide a cool retreat. The garden was completed in 2000.

Further information on Eltham Palace and Gardens.

image of Contemporary Heritage Garden at Eltham Palace

Eltham Palace
? Russell Williams

The Walled Garden at Osborne House

Osborne was the home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The walled garden would have been a scene of production of flowers fruit and vegetables, at one stage for the house.

Rupert Golby's design for the space, reflects both production of all these elements and an aesthetic appeal, in both formal and informal plantings within the original framework of the garden. Some of the elements such as wall and arch trained fruit, using a modern interpretation of galvanised metal arches bearing the initials V and A, remain in place over time. But there is also change each year in the pattern of planting and crops used, with annual flowers and vegetables.

The garden, completed in 2000, has a long season of interest from spring when the fruit is in flower, through the summer and autumn flowering, and production of vegetables, many also with attractive foliage effects.

Further information on Osborne House.

An image of the Contemporary Heritage Garden at Osborne House

Osborne House
? Russell Williams

Lincoln Medieval Bishop's Palace

The Palace situated to the south and below the hill top medieval cathedral of Lincoln, was the power base of the Bishops' of Lincoln for over 800 years. Now a ruin, the site is on the southern slope of the City, with views over the Lincolnshire countryside.

Completed in summer 2001, the garden was constructed on the lower east terrace, formerly the site of a derelict bungalow and rough grass. Designed by Mark Anthony Walker, it transposes to the ground, the vaulted ribbing and bosses seen in the cathedral roof, in the form of intersecting brickwork paths, with stainless steel tree grids and etched discs on their intersections.

A finely tapering hornbeam tree is planted at each tree grille site, to represent the spires seen in the cathedral and the stainless steel represents chalices that would be used in the religious services. The design is completed by a fine lawn, yew hedging and simple plantings of purple lavender, red climbing roses, and Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff'.

Garden layout is equally apparent when viewed from above or at ground level. The old Roman City wall forms its eastern boundary, and there is a small vineyard, reputed to be the most northerly in England, in the lower west terrace. A video featuring the project team and the garden development, can be seen in the visitor centre.

Further information on Lincoln Medieval Bishop's Palace.

Richmond Castle, The Cock pit Garden

Richmond Castle, built not many years after the Norman Conquest, to subdue the north, lies at the heart of the town of Richmond, in North Yorkshire. An area enclosed by a high curtain wall, known as the Cock pit attached to the Castles main eastern boundary, was built at a later date. This enclosure with magnificent views to the River Swale below, is used as the site of this garden.

Designed by Neil Swanson of Landscape Projects, the concept is based on the development of a grass performance area for events and sitting out. Yew hedges will give enclosure, protection and surprise views to the landscape beyond. There are 16 topiary forms in the upper terrace, which allude to the prisoners of conscience, held at the Castle during the First World War.

In contrast to the general simplicity of the garden, there is modern mixed border, providing a riot of colour in the summer and autumn. Completion was in the spring of 2002.

Further information on Richmond Castle.

image of Contemporary Heritage Garden at Lincoln Bishops Palace

Lincoln Bishops Palace

Portland Castle, The Governor's Garden

The Castle was one of Henry VIII's defensive sites, several of which were built along the coast to repel invasion. More recently Portland Harbour was a site of the invasion force for the D-Day Landings, carried out during the Second World War. In the immediate past, Portland was an important Royal Naval base. The siting of a garden here is partly to encourage regeneration of the area, after the departure of the Royal Navy.

Christopher Bradley-Hole was the winning designer for this garden. His design uses local Portland stone to develop a circular wall that acts as a sitting and performance area. A steel bridge echoes structures seen in the harbour, and the planted larger ornamental grasses will move in the wind, providing visual and sound effects. A number of other plant species suitable to the maritime climate of this site, are used in simple but effective groupings. The garden was completed in the summer of 2003.

Further?information on Portland Castle.

image of Portland Castle Governor's Garden, part of English Heritage's Contemporary Heritage Gardens scheme

Portland Castle
? Russell Williams

Witley Court, The Wilderness Garden

Witley Court was one of the most luxurious and extravagant houses and landscaped sites in the 19th Century. Once the playground of the wealthy and royalty, it fell into decline earlier in the 20th century and the house was badly damaged by fire in 1937. William Andrews Nesfield designed intricate parterres here and built enormous fountains, including the recently restored great Perseus and Andromeda Fountain.

The garden, sited in an area known as The Wilderness, was designed by Michael Ibbotson of Colvin & Moggridge. It develops spaces within the tree canopy to create views and form sites for contemporary sculptural elements. Winding paths will provide woodland walks planted with an interesting mix of native trees and shrubs. There are also areas of more exotic planting, spring bulbs and meadow with native wildflowers.

This garden was completed in 2003. However it is a long-term project, the plantings will take several years to develop towards maturity.

Further information on Witley Court and Gardens.

image of Contemporary Heritage Garden at Witley Court, Worcestershire

Wilderness Garden at Witley Court
? Russell Williams


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