Suffolk is abundant with rich and beautiful countryside with homes and gardens of all shapes and sizes, from small courtyards scattered with varying sized pots, flourishing with anything from an ornamental Acer tree to a flowing violet lobelia, to a large lawned space encircled with blossoming borders full of colour and stature.
No matter the size of your garden, all space needs some planning to achieve the desired look, even those gardens that seem to project the wonder of gay abandon are very likely planned down to the last piece of gravel.
The Suffolk Show, organised by the Suffolk Agricultural Association, is over for another year and was a great success for 2019. The Suffolk Show is a unique celebration of everything that makes the county great and because we are unique in our approach to landscape and garden design it was fitting that we were there this year in a very special capacity.
As part of the 30th Anniversary celebrations of St Elizabeth Hospice we donated a garden that invites individuals to commemorate, celebrate or contemplate upon the lives of loved ones.
Visitors to the Suffolk Show were extremely positive about their experience in our garden. The design and build was thoroughly appreciated and they took the time to really soak in the atmosphere. It was commented on numerous occasions just how peaceful the garden was, even in the middle of the Suffolk Show ground with the crowds bustling around. Visitors found the opportunity to sit in the two available spaces in the garden; one was specifically designed to give an air of contemplation, this area proved to be the most popular. It was lovely to hear visitors talking about the design of the garden and the use of different plants and foliage, of particular interest was the stunning bespoke bench we made to accompany the garden.
The garden lent itself to performances from Flora Wellesley Wesley and members of the Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra. Their beautiful music complimented the ethos behind the design and build of the garden.
Most importantly, the CEO of St Elizabeth Hospice was overwhelmed by the beauty of the garden. With the garden’s relocation to the St Elizabeth Hospice campus on Foxhall Road, it can now provide an accessible outdoor space for quiet reflection and conversation.
It is always a great pleasure to bring happiness through a wonderful garden space and we hope that the garden will be enjoyed by many for years to come.
The garden has been designed to be a multi-functional, fluid space, suited to both solitary and more sociable forms of commemoration, and moments of solitude.
The garden is loosely based upon a sunny woodland amphitheatre. The central area is reached via a narrow path through multi-stem trees and is itself surrounded by trees, soft ornamental grasses and flowering perennials. It nestles against a green embankment that embraces a semi-circular oak bench designed as seating for couples or small groups. This communal space, set in the dappled shade of a ‘Memory Tree’ can be used in a variety of commemorative and/or celebratory ways. Poetry readings, small performances or simply for the gathering of family and friends.
While the palate of plants around the main garden is accented with celebratory purple highlights. This colour, combined with the invigorating greens of ornamental grasses, references The Hospice’s signature colours. The colours surrounding a smaller, contemplative area are calmer. Under a canopy of fragrant white lilac flowers, this area provides more secluded seating for moments of quiet and contemplation. A reflective water bowl mirrors the green canopy and sky.
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