Sarah Eberle

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Plot Ar­ti­san AR564 Spon­sor British Coun­cil Con­trac­tor Belder­bos Land­scapes Theme The cul­tural and hor­ti­cul­tural con­nec­tions be­tween In­dia and the UK

Tow­er­ing cricket wick­ets sug­gest tem­ple pil­lars at the en­trance to this strongly geo­met­ric gar­den that’s in­spired by the Mughal gar­dens of north­ern In­dia. Low walls of pietra dura in­laid mar­ble frame the gar­den. The eye is led down the cen­tral ‘crease’ to a wa­ter tank where two Salix baby­lonica ap­pear to float on the sur­face. The rec­tan­gu­lar beds on ei­ther side of the cen­tral path are planted with species that are im­por­tant to In­dian cul­ture, such as marigold and jas­mine, and plants from the In­dian sub­con­ti­nent that have hor­ti­cul­tural con­nec­tions with Bri­tain, such as Me­conop­sis and Vanda or­chids. Float­ing above the brightly coloured plant­ing, on sin­gle stems, is a layer of cup-shaped planters re­sem­bling cricket balls cut in two. Con­tact 01256 895754, sara­he­

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