Great Gardens of the USA
Project year: 2018
Posted: 05 Jul, 2018
This year, designer Sadie May Stowell again took on the ‘Great Gardens Of The USA’ gardens for RHS Hampton Court, each with a completely different style and design.
The Oregon Garden
This garden is designed to capture the natural beauty of the landscape and gardens of Oregon. The design takes inspiration from the mountains and the rich heritage of fruit and timber production that is found in the region.
The garden backdrop is made up of rocky outcrops, which represent Oregon’s mountains. At the centre of the space is a clear pool fed by a waterfall, built from stacked Gabbro Boulders. The planting wraps around the seating and water feature areas, creating sinuous curving shapes.
Materials: Gabbro Boulders, Black Basalt Aggregate
The Charleston & North Carolina Garden
Taking its inspiration from Charleston’s renowned hidden gardens, this garden is designed to capture the spirit, charm and elegance of Charleston. The centrepiece is a scaled-down replica of Charleston’s famous pineapple water feature – a symbol of welcome. The pineapple motif depicted in the garden is synonymous with the locality. A ship’s captain would spike a pineapple and place it on a stick outside his home to indicate his return from the sea and to welcome visitors to the house. This is the first time that Sadie has introduced gold leaf into her gardens.
Included is a water feature based on Charleston’s famous Pineapple fountain, wrought iron railings, and walls and pillars made from reclaimed brick. A pair of joggling boards painted in classic Charleston green appear at the front of the garden under the characterful trees, which are set within the grass planting. The distinctive Black Limestone Crazy Paving forms a palette of blue slate and oyster shell, in reference to the historic streets of Charleston.
Materials: Black Limestone Crazy Paving
Black Basalt Aggregate
Indian Paving - Black Limestone
Sadie May Stowell