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ALDER HEY CEN­TRE

Lon­don land­scape ar­chi­tects BBUK has won a com­pe­ti­tion to de­sign the gar­dens of the Alder Cen­tre at Liver­pool’s Alder Hey Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal. Their theme, the Se­cret Gar­den, is in­spired by the clas­sic chil­dren’s novel by Frances Hodg­son Bur­nett in which a walled gar­den helps to heal two chil­dren. It in­cludes a se­ries of small, in­ti­mate spa­ces de­signed to re­late each of the coun­selling rooms to the gar­den. Each space is en­closed by hedges that seem to ex­tend the in­ter­nal walls into the gar­dens and has one dom­i­nant plant. At the heart of the build­ing are two larger gar­dens with lawns and a rill that drains to a rain gar­den. bbuk­stu­dio.com

FOLLY!

The Na­tional Trust’s con­tem­po­rary art pro­gramme, folly!, re­turns to Foutains Abbey and Stud­ley Royal Wa­ter Gar­den this month. This year three large-scale art­works will be placed on sites at Stud­ley where it’s thought the gar­den’s lost fol­lies once stood. Artists in­clude Charles Hol­land, whose shin­gle-clad, 9m-high tower re­calls an ex­otic bird, Lucy and Jorge Orta whose 4m high Gaz­ing Ball (above) on the site of the Ro­tundo folly will re­flect the moon ponds and mir­rored wa­ters of the gar­den, and ar­chi­tects FleaFolly, which has de­vised a lis­ten­ing tower that ref­er­ences the lost Bathing House folly. 28 April to 4 Novem­ber. na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/folly

SER­PEN­TINE PAV­IL­ION BEI­JING

The first Pav­il­ion co-com­mis­sioned by the Ser­pen­tine Gal­leries to be built out­side of the UK will open in Bei­jing in May. De­signed by Chi­nese prac­tice JIAKUN ar­chi­tects, Ser­pen­tine Pav­il­ion Bei­jing, will be erected out­side WF CEN­TRAL, a life­style re­tail cen­tre in Dongcheng District, and will be used to host a se­ries of pub­lic events. It’s made up of a curved can­tilever beam that in­cor­po­rates the forces of elas­tic­ity through ca­bles stretched be­tween steel plates. This sug­gests the ten­sion of an archer’s bow, archery be­ing one of the tra­di­tional pur­suits in the Chi­nese phi­los­o­phy of Junzi. ser­pen­tine­gal­leries.org

BAR­CHAM TREES

Bar­cham Trees, Europe’s largest con­tainer tree nurs­ery, has been given plan­ning per­mis­sion to de­velop its 300-acre site near Ely in Cam­bridgeshire. The plans, drawn up in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Huck Part­ner­ship land­scape ar­chi­tects, in­clude a 12-acre ar­bore­tum, with ex­am­ples of all 478 dif­fer­ent trees sold at the nurs­ery, and a lake that will be linked to the reser­voirs that cur­rently sup­ply the com­pany’s wa­ter needs. The nurs­ery hopes to trans­form the site into a ma­jor des­ti­na­tion for gar­den­ers and de­sign­ers alike along­side a new vis­i­tor cen­tre and restaurant. Plant­ing of the ar­bore­tum is due to start this au­tumn. bar­cham.co.uk

AS­COT SPRING GAR­DEN SHOW

Six in­spir­ing show gar­dens on the theme of Town and Coun­try, are a high­light of the in­au­gu­ral As­cot Spring Gar­den Show. Among the six gar­dens is one from Chelsea gold medal­list Cather­ine Macdon­ald, who has adapted her de­sign for a Lon­don gar­den (above) for the show. Based at As­cot Race­course, the new show will also offer an op­por­tu­nity to browse plant stalls from spe­cial­ist nurs­eries, in­clud­ing Ar­chi­tec­tural Plants, The Plant Spe­cial­ist, Avon Bulbs and Hardy’s Cot­tage Gar­den Plants, and get gar­den­ing ad­vice from the team at the Sav­ill Gar­den and The Val­ley Gar­dens. 13-15 April. as­cot.co.uk

NOR­TON MU­SEUM OF ART GAR­DEN

Plans have been re­vealed for the first pub­lic gar­den de­signed by ar­chi­tect Nor­man Fos­ter at the Nor­ton Mu­seum of Art in Florida. Fos­ter’s de­sign will place the re­cently re-aligned, Art De­coin­spired pavil­ions within a sub­trop­i­cal land­scape and will be made up of a se­ries of gar­den ar­eas filled with na­tive trees and flow­ers. Th­ese will be ar­ranged ax­i­ally along the south­ern edge of the mu­seum, and each area will fea­ture sculp­tures from the mu­seum grouped to­gether on a spe­cific theme. The gar­den and ex­panded mu­seum will open to the pub­lic in early 2019. nor­ton.org

RIBA HOUSE OF THE YEAR AWARD

An eco-friendly house that merges beau­ti­fully with the sur­round­ing Ken­tish coun­try­side has won the RIBA House of the Year Award 2017. De­signed by ar­chi­tects James Macdon­ald Wright and Niall Maxwell, Car­ing Wood was in­spired by Kent’s tra­di­tional oast houses with four in­ter­linked tow­ers pro­vid­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion for three gen­er­a­tions of one fam­ily. The house re­vives lo­cal crafts and uses lo­cally cop­piced chest­nut cladding. Out­side what was once in­ten­sively farmed land has been nur­tured into a wild­flower meadow with a pond that man­ages the run-off of wa­ter. ar­chi­tec­ture.com

TURNER’S GAR­DEN

The gar­den of Britain’s most cel­e­brated land­scape painter JMW Turner has re­opened af­ter a ma­jor restora­tion. The artist’s for­mer gar­den at Sandy­combe Lodge in Twick­en­ham, has been re-shaped with ground mod­el­ling to recre­ate the orig­i­nal grassy mound that gave Turner a view of the Thames. Ex­ten­sive tree work has opened up the site and re­stored view­ing lines. The plant­ing has been in­formed by a draw­ing (above) made by Wil­liam Havell in 1814 that shows cot­tage gar­den plants close to the house and a lawn slop­ing east­wards. Rem­brandt tulips in spring will be fol­lowed by pink and white roses in May and June. turn­er­house.org

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