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THE M&G GARDEN


Garden Name: The M&G Garden
Designer: Cleve West

Sponsor: M&G
Contractor: Swatton Landscape


The garden has been inspired by a memory of the ancient oak woodland on Exmoor National Park where the designer spent his teenage youth. Rather than replicate a particular scene, the designer has chosen to pay a contemporary homage to the landscape that made such an early impression on him. A stone and gravel path through woodland edge planting leads you past stunted oaks and rocks to a smoother path, a sunken terrace and pool. It could be seen as a metaphor for the fact that the path was unsure to begin with, but smoother once the chosen career became clear.

An oak boundary frames the garden (as if framing a picture) and the overriding oak theme is a metaphor for the sponsor's values:
strength, growth, longevity and reliability.
 

Planting/Colour Scheme
Planting scheme is enhanced woodland/woodland-edge with oaks (Quercus pubescens) creating the main structure and atmosphere. Key structural plants include Quercus pubescens, Vaccinium corymbosum, Ilex aquifolium, Hedera helix ‘Arborescens’. Vaccinium myrtillus (ground cover) will also be used if possible. This will reference the memory of picking whortleberries in and around the ancient oak woodland of Exmoor.

 

Foto: Mikhail Scheglov

 

 

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