Peter Wirtz Belgium
“I travelled a lot in England with my father [Jacques Wirtz, also a landscape designer] when I was young. Back then, before the Channel tunnel, exploring England still felt like an adventure. I see your tradition in the perspective of the whole history of European garden design. Some places that are not so well known in England, but which I am quite fond of, stretch the perception of what English design is. I found that some of your older great gardens – like Montacute, Athelhampton, Parham House – and also prehistoric sites like Avebury, were fantastic, mind-blowing and also very modern to my eyes.
“Such places take English garden design far away from the herbaceous borders, the cottage style, and the fascination with planting schemes.
“Then there is the work of Lutyens – we saw Marsh Court, Folly Farm, Castle Drogo. I also stayed at Little Thakeham when it was still a hotel. There, he cuts through