This year was the very first RHS Flower Show set in the beautiful grounds of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. Paul Hervey-Brookes designed the Quarry Garden for the Institute of Quarrying, which celebrates it’s centenary this year.
The garden won a well deserved RHS Gold Medal and also won Best Show Garden & Best Construction. The commissioned “Passing Light” steel and stone wall was designed by Stroud based sculptor Ann Margreth Bohl.
The gardens influence was the life cycle of a quarry, with the owners having just built a modern house who are themselves influenced by Brutalist architecture.
The main water feature in the garden reminded me of visits to old quarries which were at one point an influence in my own landscape photography. The garden also made use of the sweeping Capability Brown landscape of Chatsworth House.
The rusted steel colours were picked up in the planting
and use of stone boulders in the design.
The garden was divided into different zones,
which worked well visually in such a large scale garden. It was truly a garden you could get lost in time watching the light bounce around during the days and seasons, especially from the hidden corners.
Paul’s planting palette was exquisite.
The trio of awards were well justified for a garden of such immense scale at the inaugural Chatsworth House RHS Flower Show.
Paul has also designed the Viking Cruises World of Discovery garden which can be seen at Hampton Court Flower Show, which runs from July 4th – 9th July 2017
Paul Hervey-Brookes website: www.paulherveybrookes.com/
Gareth Wilson Landscape Services Ltd: http://www.gkwilsonlandscaping.co.uk/
Stephen Studd Photography: www.stephenstuddphotography.com
Ann Margreth Bohl: www.annmargrethbohl.com
Institute of Quarrying: www.quarrygarden.org