66 Abbots Garden, London; two artists’ garden
This is an artist’s garden, created by its owners Stephen and Ruth Kersley, he was a design student at Capel Manor and she is a stained glass and mosaic artist. Its inspiration is the work of the distinguished mid-20th century Californian garden designer, Thomas Church, whose work is most famously displayed at the iconic 1940s Donell Garden and who wrote one of the most influential of all garden books, Gardens are for People.
A Closer Look
The garden’s design is asymmetrical, except for the yew hedge across through which an arch allows a beckoning view framing the white stems of birch trees. The planting in the beds of the main area is a mixture of grasses, shrubs and perennials. Through the arch covered in summer with the cream flowers of Malvern Hills rose is the smaller area with the birch trees and, to one side, a small vegetable plot.
Integral to the garden’s design and appearance are the glass decorations which are spread around the garden displayed on steel crooks so they can be moved. Most impressive is the wonderful fish mosaic which provides the backdrop to a water feature and emphasises the degree to which this is a garden of both horticulture and art.
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