2017 Chelsea gar­den

(pic­tured above, left)

Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Gardening Talent - 07577 250839, dar­ren­hawkesland­scapes.co.uk

The slop­ing na­ture of the Rock Bank site gives Dar­ren the chance to do some­thing ground­break­ing for Chelsea: let the pub­lic en­ter his gar­den and climb, via a yew-en­closed flight of steps, to an el­e­vated walk­way. From here they will be able to lean over a waist-high horn­beam hedge and view the strong forms and lay­ered plant­ing. At the front, the en­clos­ing hedge only al­lows glimpses through slits in the horn­beam and through gates that frame a set-piece wa­ter fea­ture in basalt con­crete (used for all the hard land­scap­ing). The gar­den is de­signed as a sanc­tu­ary for cancer char­ity Mag­gie’s, and as a metaphor for how lives can be put back to­gether af­ter a cancer di­ag­no­sis, the walk­ways, benches and two struc­tures sug­gest torn-apart build­ings are all cre­ated from a sin­gle cube of basalt con­crete that could be re­assem­bled to form a sin­gle mass. The gar­den of­fers in­ti­mate ar­eas for refuge and an open, sunny ter­race that looks across to a large bor­der of plants with strong fo­liage, such as car­doons, and Rodger­sia podophylla ‘Crûg’s Colos­sus’, which sweeps around to the base of a multi-stemmed ame­lanchier un­der­planted with cro­cos­mia, used for its fresh fo­liage. Nat­u­ral forms of multi-stemmed Buxus cre­ate a rhythm across the gar­den, and Rosa ‘The Gar­land’ pro­vides scent in al­coves in the hedge at the back. Flow­ers in pink, vi­o­let, pur­ple and white soften the dark forms. Con­tact

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