CHOOS­ING MA­TE­RI­ALS

Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Travel -

Ma­te­ri­als were cho­sen to be very soft and to fit as part of the land­scape. Lo­cal Kent clay paviours were laid in a her­ring­bone pat­tern on the paths and jointed with sand to al­low wa­ter through and self-seed­ers to colonise the cracks. The paths are Bree­don gravel, both in its clas­sic fine form and also as a larger an­gu­lar gravel to vary the tex­ture and cre­ate some spa­tial hi­er­ar­chy to lead the way through the gar­den. The av­enue trees are field grown from Hil­liers in Hamp­shire. Oak is used through­out to weather and last, and to com­ple­ment the larch cladding on the new ex­ten­sion. The oak pieces by artist Ali­son Crowther look very com­fort­able in the set­ting and form part of the spirit of wood­land and wa­ter that Robyn wanted to bring back to the ra ne­glected site she stum­bled upon all those years ago.

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