Peter Wirtz Bel­gium

The Daily Telegraph - Gardening - - Front Page -

“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

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