Kate Gould

Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Gardening Talent -

Plot Fresh gar­den FR72. Con­trac­tor Kate Gould Gar­dens. Theme An ur­ban apart­ment block that has been greened up to pro­vide a tran­quil out­door space for its res­i­dents.

Kate has taken on the chal­lenge of mak­ing the hard, tight spa­ces of a typ­i­cal apart­ment block into places to linger. Each level of this three-storey sec­tion has been greened up, ac­cord­ing to the mi­cro­cli­mate it pro­vides. In the shady base­ment, big-leaved ev­er­greens, such as fat­sia and Cy­athea aus­tralis, cre­ate lush fo­liage while the planted walls also pro­vide a jungly ef­fect. A can­tilevered seat is placed where the sound of wa­ter fall­ing into a trough can be en­joyed. Me­tal steps lead up to a bam­boo deck with fur­ther seat­ing fac­ing a hawthorn tree. The con­crete wall ad­join­ing the steps to the up­per level, where the plant­ing is more Mediter­ranean, is in­set with fi­bre optic lights that pro­vide gen­tle il­lu­mi­na­tion at night. Con­tact 01923 839733, kat­e­gouldgar­dens.com

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