A ‘borrowed view’ is a classic garden design technique and is not to be underestimated. Within a design, we can include the wider view seen in the distance, as well as features such as large trees within neighbouring gardens, and include them within the overall design.
A garden design should always be set within its own landscape, taking inspiration from the natural flora and fauna. Taking note of the local trees, types of plants that flourish and natural landscape materials is a huge consideration with playing with a design.
The beauty of a ‘borrowed landscape’ is that it extends your view and can make an outdoor space seem larger than it is, as well as providing a focal point.
One of our garden designs in Ramsbottom had the perfect hill views to inspire and influence the rest of the design around. You can see the water feature above appears as an extension of the surrounding rivers, setting off the hills behind it. Specific materials had been specified by the property’s architect, so we continued to use the same materials throughout the garden build.
Reworking original terraces at RHS Bridgewater
RHS Bridgewater garden curator Marcus Chilton-Jones talks in this article with ITV how he intends to re-imagine the original terraces which would have sat in front of the original manor house, in front of the lake. The original terraces were designed by William Ness, and will be re-designed for the modern day.
The Salford garden site also has many more plans to expand – including adding new glasshouses, a new school of horticulture and an arboretum. Work has also begun on building the UK’s first classical Chinese garden, with a series of traditional pagodas.
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A new forest garden has been launched in Birmingham city centre to celebrate diversity in Britain’s gardens and culture this week. The Polinations garden features 11m architectural trees, as well as thousands of plants and flowers planted by Birmingham residents.
Full article here: https://www.gardensillustrated.com/news/polinations-birmingham/