Marcus Barnett – 15 The Avenue, Cheam
This is a contemporary garden designed by Marcus Barnett whose cool modernism and plantsmanship has won him three gold medals for Chelsea gardens. On a compact site of roughly one-third of an acre the design skilfully interlocks four levels and creates rooms divided by beech hedging and columns.
Marcus filmed by Imogen Barnett, sound by Xan Antelme. 15 The Avenue filmed by Grey Moth.
A Closer Look…
The broad and gently rising main vista cleverly presents a picture of spaciousness which belies the garden’s overall size. The mixture of architectural and ornamental features – not least the modern outdoor room and structural planting such as the cloud-pruned box and collection of hostas, provide a strong design framework for softer touches such as the wild flower meadow.
There are deliberately striking touches to both planting and ornaments, such as the group of pure-white stemmed silver birches and richly coloured bearded iris, or the fine collection of contemporary sculptures which are all positioned to maximum effect.
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