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Festival Franschhoek – Open Gardens

Posted in Articles, Books, Events and field trips, Gardens, Landscapes, Visits and Field trips with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 8, 2014 by landscapeislapinski

As part of the recent Franschhoek festival which ran over the weekend of 24th-25th October, ten of Franschhoek’s most spectacular gardens were open to the public for viewing.  They ranged from small to medium-sized gardens in the village, farm gardens, indigenous gardens, out of town gardens and those of heritage status wine estates.

Franschhoek Open Gardens

Franschhoek Open Gardens

Unfortunately we only had Sunday to enjoy the festival and managed to visit four of the gardens, La Motte Wine Estate and its Rose Garden, the home garden of Aliki Starke with its vibrant mixed borders, the untouched indigenous artist’s garden at Artemis House and my personal favourite, the mountain side garden of Montpellier.

La Motte Wine Estate

La Motte Wine Estate

The Rose Garden

The Rose Garden

Panoramic of Rose Garden

Panoramic of Rose Garden

Vibrant mixed borders of Aliki Starke's home garden

Colourful mixed borders of Aliki Starke’s home garden

The third garden we visited was the indigenous garden of artist Andrea Desmond-Smith.  Because her garden plot was deemed unsuitable for cultivation due to the high content of stone and rock, it remains one of the few indigenous gardens developed on unspoilt ground that has maintained a truly natural habit for its indigenous plants to prosper.

Map of garden at Artemis House

Map of garden at Artemis House

Raised Fountain Pool and stone veggie garden overlooked by Simon's berg

Raised Fountain Pool and stone veggie garden overlooked by Simon’s berg

We were also had the opportunity to view some of Andrea Desmond-Smith’s beautifully vibrant paintings within her on-site gallery, which sadly were out of our price range!

My garden, my nature

My garden, my nature

Wild Things

Wild Things

After the Fire

After the Fire

Secret Steppers

Secret Steppers

The fourth garden visit at Montpellier was definitely my favourite, the house, garden and surrounding landscape converging seamlessly from one another.

House entrance

House entrance

Mortared sandstone steps negotiate the gardens sloped aspect

Mortared sandstone steps negotiate the gardens sloped aspect

Beautiful warm tones of sandstone cladding complimenting the mortared  riverstone terrace against the olive coloured timber work

Beautiful warm tones of sandstone cladding complementing the mortared riverstone terrace against the olive coloured timber work

 

Riverstone and Laterite terrace overlooking the valley

Riverstone and Laterite terrace overlooking the valley

The bold, vivid green and silver foliage of Kalanche thrsiflora, Cotyledon 'firesticks', Felicia, Coleonema and Geraniun incana set amongst contrasting tones of granite rock

The bold, vivid green and silver foliage of Kalanche thyrsiflora, Cotyledon ‘firesticks’, Felicia, Coleonema and Geraniun incana set amongst the contrasting tones of granite rock

 

One of many magnificent views over the valley

One of the many magnificent views over the valley

Montpellier’s garden also appears in Keith Kirsten’s wonderful book ‘Gardens to Inspire’, in which he provides enlightening insight into the creation of twenty four of South Africa’s most inspirational gardens.

Please click on the link to view section dedicated to Montpellier_Merging With The Mountain

 

 

Chelsea Flower Show 2013: designs for the 15 show gardens

Posted in Events and field trips, Exhibitions and events, Gardens, Landscapes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2013 by landscapeislapinski

The Arthritis Research UK Garden

Exhibitor: Arthritis Research

Designer: Chris Beardshaw

This garden is designed to reflect the personal journey of someone diagnosed with arthritis, from early confusion to the ability to manage their pain. The garden is split into three key areas: the Veiled Garden, a shaded woodland garden; the Lucid Garden, an open formal garden (designed to reflect “the wide range of information Arthritis Research UK provides to people with arthritis”) ; and the Radiant Garden, where there are warm, vibrant colours of pink, oranges, purples and blues.

B&Q Sentebale ‘Forget Me Not’ Garden

Exhibitor: B&Q Sentebale

Designer: Jinny Blom

This garden was inspired by Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale, which supports vulnerable children in the African country Lesotho (the word ‘”Sentebale” means “Forget me not” in Sesotho, the language spoken there). The garden is intended to evoke the landscape and culture of Lesotho, featuring round houses, muted colours and mountainous plants.

East Village Garden

Exhibitor: Delancey

Designer: Michael Balston and Marie-Louise Agius

Inspired by the birth of London’s newest neighbourhood, the Olympic East Village, this garden evokes the sustainable regeneration of an urban area. It includes many herbs and herbaceous plants not usually exhibited at Chelsea.

The Brewin Dolphin Garden

Exhibitor: Brewin Dolphin

Designer: Robert Myers

With heavy use of stone, timber and water, this garden is intended to be a calm private space to relax in. The garden will also promote the use of UK plants, demonstrating how they can be used ornamentally

Trailfinders Australian Garden presented by Flemings

Exhibitor: Fleming’s Nurseries

Designer: Phillip Johnson

The award-winning garden designer Phillip Johnson is behind this “off the grid” Australian-themed garden, which will showcase sustainable landscaping within an urban environment. It will be entirely reliant for energy on solar panels, while water will be taken and filtered from surrounding sites. The building materials will also be locally-sourced, or reclaimed.

The Homebase Garden

Exhibitor: Homebase

Designer: Adam Frost

A “modern family garden”, designed to allow a small family to garden, entertain and enjoy themselves, but also encouraging wildlife to thrive.

The Wasteland

Exhibitor: Kate Gould Gardens

Designer: Kate Gould

Created from a forgotten piece of ground, and re-using waste industrial products such as corrugated steel panels, this garden is intended to demonstate that beautiful gardens can be built without sourcing new materials. The planting largely features white, blue, and maroon flowers.

The Laurent-Perrier Garden

Exhibitor: Laurent-Perrier

Designer: Ulf Nordfjell

Described as a “contemporary take on a romantic garden”, the Laurent-Perrier garden brings together classic French and English garden styles. It features basic materials such as stone and wood, and perennials in pinks, blues, oranges, yellows and whites.

M&G Centenary Garden

Exhibitor: M&G investments

Designer: Roger Platts

Designed to mark the Chelsea Flower Show’s centenary anniversary this year, this garden evokes trends and themes from gardens past and present. Shrubs popular in the 1900s and classic British design elements will mix with modern plant varieties. The exhibitor says that the window sculpture in the corner frames the garden for visitors, but by drawing visitors’ eyes towards a traditional-looking wall and gate, “also gives the impression of looking back at a century-old Chelsea garden”.

RBC Blue Water Roof Garden

Exhibitor: Royal Bank of Canada

Designer: Professor Nigel Dunnett and the Landscape Agency

The Royal Bank of Canada is showing an urban rooftop garden for the third time in a row. In keeping with the bank’s Blue Water Project, which aims to help protect fresh water, it will focus on how city dwellers can create a garden which supports biodiversity and protects natural resources. Features include “living walls” that do not require irrigation and a wetland area which captures rain.

The SeeAbility Garden

Exhibitor: SeeAbility and Coutts

Designer: Darren Hawkes

The first Flower Show garden designed by Darren Hawkes, this garden aims to show how the world can still be enjoyed by people with limited vision. it features bright, clearly contrasting plants that can be distinguished more easily by partially-sighted people, and an installation of stainless steel balls cascading with water that is designed to stimulate other senses.

Stockton Drilling as Nature Intended Garden

Exhibitor: Stockton Drilling Ltd

Designer: Jamie Dunstan

Intended to promote the use of natural materials and traditional craft, this garden will feature pants such as winter barley (used within the brewing industry) and taxus (used in the treatment of cancer).

Transformation

Exhibitor: Stoke-on-Trent Garden Partnership

Designer: The Landscape Team, Stoke-on-Trent City Council

The story of Stoke-on-Trent’s journey from industrial power to contemporary city will be told in this garden, which also celebrates the city’s links with Lidice, a Czech village nearly destroyed during the Second World War. A key feature will be thousands of ceramic flowers made by local children.

The Daily Telegraph Garden

Exhibitor: The Daily Telegraph

Designer: Christoper Bradley-Hole

The English landscape, the Japanese approach to gardens and modern abstract art are all influences on this year’s Telegraph garden. It will depict the English landscape using subtle tones, suggestive of a misty day, and emphasise the dangers that our native trees and shrubs face.

The Fera Garden: Stop the Spread

Exhibitor: the Food and Environment Research Agency

Designer: Jo Thompson

This beautiful sunken garden will be scattered with occasional shocking elements; such as dead trees, and a pool with an island that holds just a single sapling. It is intended to warn of the threat that diseases, pests and invasive species pose to British trees and plants.

House Bronn Front Garden Planting Plan, Greenways Golf Estate, Gordons Bay, South Africa

Posted in Build works, Company profile: Simon Lapinski Landscapes and Gardens, Design works, Gardens, Landscapes, Simon Lapinski Landscapes and Gardens with tags , , , , on December 29, 2012 by landscapeislapinski

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House Wilshere Garden Concept, Helderberg, Somerset West, South Africa

Posted in Build works, Company profile: Simon Lapinski Landscapes and Gardens, Design works, Extracurricular activities, Gardens, Landscapes, Private work projects, Simon Lapinski Landscapes and Gardens with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 20, 2012 by landscapeislapinski

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House Bronn – Front garden works, Greenways Golf Estate, Gordon’s Bay, South Africa

Posted in Build works, Company profile: Simon Lapinski Landscapes and Gardens, Design works, Extracurricular activities, Gardens, Landscapes, Private work projects, Simon Lapinski Landscapes and Gardens with tags , , , , on December 20, 2012 by landscapeislapinski

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House Bronn Garden Proposal – Greenways Golf Estate, Gordons Bay, South Africa

Posted in Build works, Company profile: Simon Lapinski Landscapes and Gardens, Design works, Extracurricular activities, Gardens, Landscapes, Private work projects, Simon Lapinski Landscapes and Gardens with tags , , , , , on December 20, 2012 by landscapeislapinski

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Chelsea Flowers Show 2012: The Fresh Gardens

Posted in Events and field trips, Exhibitions and events, Gardens, Landscapes with tags , , , , on May 23, 2012 by landscapeislapinski

New category that challenges designers to produce innovative gardens.

The Bradstone Panache Garden

The Chris Beardshaw Mentoring Scolarship garden

Designed by Caroline E Butler and sponsored by Bradstone, sponsor of the Chris Beardshaw Mentoring Scheme

Award: Silver flora

The Climate Calm Garden

The Southern Water, Thames Water, South East Water, Sutton & East Water garden

Designed by Nicholas Dexter Garden Designs

Award: Bronze flora

Green With…

The Easigrass garden

Designed by Tony Smith

Award: Gold and Best Fresh Garden

Petra – tranquility set in stone

The Global Stone Paving garden

Designed by Benjamin Wincott

Award: Bronze flora

The Rainbow Children’s Hospice Garden

Designed by Chris Gutterudge at Second Nature Designs

Award: Silver flora

The Renault Garden

Designed by James Basson of SCAPE Sarl

Award: Silver-gilt flora

The Soft Machine

The Humko garden

Designed by Tomaz Bavdez

Award: Silver-gilt flora and Most Creative Fresh Garden

Out of the Blue

The Alan Gardener and Lindum Garden

Designed by Alan Gardener

The QR Code Garden

Scotscape Ltd in association with Treebox Ltd

Designed by Jade Goto with Green Graphite Ltd

Award: Bronze flora


Chelsea Flower Show 2012: the 16 Show Gardens

Posted in Events and field trips, Exhibitions and events, Gardens, Landscapes with tags , , , on May 22, 2012 by landscapeislapinski

Arne Maynard

The Laurent-Perrier Bicentenary Garden

Sarah Price

The Telegraph Garden

Jo Thompson

Celebration of Caravanning

Cleve West

The Brewin Dolphin Garden

Andy Sturgeon

The M&G Garden

Chris Beardshaw

Furzey Gardens

Joe Swift

Homebase Teenage Cancer Trust Garden

Nigel Dunnett & The Landscape Agency

The Royal Bank of Canada Blue Water Garden

Peter Dowle

The L’Occitane Immortelle Garden

Adam Frost

Lands’ End A Rural Muse

Diarmuid Gavin

The Westland Horticulture Magical Tower Garden

Jason Hodges

Trailfinders Australian Garden presented by Fleming’s

Thomas Hoblyn

The Arthritis Research UK Garden

Patricia Fox

Rooftop Workplace of Tomorrow

Flemons Warland Design

The World Vision Garden

Jihae Hwang

DMZ Forbidden Garden

 

Vergelegen, Somerset West, South Africa

Posted in Events and field trips, Gardens, Landscapes, Parks, Trips abroad with tags , , on May 19, 2011 by landscapeislapinski

The octagonal Garden

Vergelegen was a farm granted to the governor Willlem Adrian van der Stel in 1700.  Situated in the Hottentots Holland it lay far from the reaches of the settlement of Cape Town as its name suggests, meaning ‘situated far away’.  The original grant was for 342.4 ha, which was later extended to 524.7ha, ten times the size of most farms granted at the time.

View of Vergelegen from Willem van der Stel's 'Korte Deductie, 1708, showing the Homestead from the west.

Within four years Willem van der Stel had transformed Vergelegen into a model country estate with extensive plantations and buildings laid out in a baroque style, reflecting the renaissance influence of wealthy estates and palaces in Europe, with their symmetrical plans and ornate gardens.  Vergelegen was laid out with a double-walled octagonal garden radiating avenues and four flanking out buildings – a slave lodge, watermill/stable, wine cellar and pigeon house.

View of Vergelegen from 'Contra Deductie, 1712, showing the Homestead from the east.

His grand vision was largely achieved with the resources and manpower of the Dutch East India Company for which Vergelegen was a former outpost, causing discontent amongst the other settlers (burghers).  Accusations of corruption finally led to Willem Adriaans dismissal.  Having been denied permission to remain at Vergelegen as an ordinary farmer, he reluctantly returned to the Netherlands in 1708.

The directors of the Dutch East India Company confiscated Vergelegen, a grant they had never been authorised and gave orders for the farm to be divided into four parts and sold.  It is doubtful whether the directors instructions to demolish the homestead were carried out as the present homestead was rebuilt on the same site and underwent further changes over the next three centuries.

Camphor trees of the Octagonal garden

Much of the existing buildings and garden elements of Vergelegen are a result of the restoration works carried from 1917 by Florance Philips, the wife of the mining magnate Sir Lionel Philips, who presented the estate to his wife as a gift.  Prior to this point Vergelegen had fallen into a state of disrepair and restoration works were to be inspired by a renewed interest in Cape Dutch architecture, particularly through the books of Dorothea Fairbridge, a friend of Lady Philips.

It was left to a young English architect Percy Walgate, to implement the ideas and he approached the task of enlarging the historic home with great sensitivity, designing the two new wings to be subsidiary to the main house.  The exterior was painted an ochre colour and the terrace (steop) was laid with red quarry tiles and Klompie bricks.

Oval pond in front of library

Before retiring to the cape, the Philipses had lived in a series of grand houses in Johannesburg and England, Lady Philip’s added colonial pieces of furniture to the homestead and a pair of bronze deer (copies of those at Herculaneum), the marble urns and Venetian well-head.

William Hanson, the Philipse’s former gardener at Tylney Hall in England, was brought to the Cape in 1921 to establish the gardens at Vergelegen.  The octagonal garden was reinstated within the inner walls of Van der Stel’s enclosure and was transformed into a beautiful English styled garden.

Existing features within the grounds of Vergelegen as illustrated on map.

1. Information Centre.

2. Wine Tasting Centre.

Courtyard Garden of former stable buildings

3. Interpretive Centre.

Exhibitions on display in the former stables provide insight into the history and developments of Vergelegen in narrative, illustrative and archeological form.

4. Almond and Oak Avenue.

The original chestnut avenues from Van der Stel’s time are being re-established.  The outer rows are formed by Spanish oaks (English oaks being to porous for the Cape climate, the middle rows by Turkish chestnuts and the inner rows by almond trees.

5. Octagonal Garden.

6. Homestead.  Click on the link below to learn about the Homestead’s rich history.

Homestead frontage

Homestead’s architectural history, interior and collections of furniture and paintings

7. Camphor Trees

The Big Five. Camphor trees (Cinnamomum camphora)

Guarding the entrance to the Homestead are five magnificent chinese camphor trees planted Van der Stel between 1700-1706.  They are officially the oldest living trees on the subcontinent and were declared a national monument in 1942.

8. Lady Philips Restaurant

9. White garden/Ancient Oak

A formal hedge garden has been created to enhance the restored north wing of the Homestead.  Using the two existing ponds as a starting point, the design reflects the period of the alterations done in the time of Lady Philips.Alongside the car park stands a hollow Oak tree, the oldest in Africa.

10. Royal Oak

King Alfred's Royal Oak

Here stands an Oak tree planted in 1928 from one of the last acorns of King Alfred’s Oak at Blenheim Palace.  In 1947, HRH King George VI gathered the acorns from this tree for planting in Windsor Great Park.  Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II assented to dedicate a plaque here when she visited Vergelegen in 1995.

11. Yellowwood Walk/Water Mill/Camellia Collection

12. Camellia Garden

The site of botanist Jan van Bergen extensive collection of rare Camellia’s, containing  over 300 species

13. Wetland Garden

Timber boardwalk through Wetland Garden

A woodland boardwalk leads trough groves of tree ferns, arum lilies, gunnera and azaleas.

14. Camphor Forest Picnic

15. Rose Garden

Formal rose garden containing 1000 rose bushes.

16. Rose Terrace

17. Library

Former Winery built-in 1816 converted into library

18. Margaret’s Roberts Herb and Vegetable Garden

Herb and Vegetable Garden

Opened in 1993, the garden supplies ingredients for the restaurants within the grounds.

Copy sourced from literature provided by Vergelegen, member of Anglo American plc.

To view more images of Vergelegen press the link below.

Vergelegan images

Geometric Home with a Forest Panorama

Posted in Gardens, Landscapes on April 30, 2011 by landscapeislapinski

Grosfeld Van der Velde Architects wanted to bring the beautiful nature inside this house near the southern parts of the Netherlands, near a town called Breda. Named House KvD, this modern building rests between the trees of Teteringen forest. Its square shape allows you to enjoy the wonderful surrounding environment through the large windows as you move along the corridors. An interior courtyard is formed between the ground floor and the elevated part of the square. The kitchen is located on ground, the living area is located in the tallest part of the building, while the bedrooms are lifted by the pylons for a better view of the forest.

The entrance in the house is made from the interior courtyard. Beautiful large windows create an artistic look – the framed windows offer a cut-out of the forest panorama. The facade is made from vertically placed black stained wood cladding, which gives it a majestic feel observed first by looking at the house`s massive size. Tall ceilings in the living are amplify the majestic feeling and offer incredible framed views of the forest. A beautiful detail, the small patio in front of the kitchen enlarges the living space during sunny days. When the large sliding doors are open, the sunshine and fresh, frisk air of the forest can rush right in.

Post sourced from FRESHOME.COM