Exciting times ahead! I can finally announce that I will be making my Chelsea debut, creating my first garden on Main Avenue for Cloudy Bay next year…
The garden design is inspired by Cloudy Bay’s 30-year winemaking heritage at the pioneering winery in the Marlborough region in New Zealand using nature as a source of its inspiration.
The garden is designed to be a secluded retreat in which to escape. It is a serene space designed to evoke memories as one breathes and savours the experience of the garden.
The salient feature of the garden is its intricacy but powerful simplicity. The primary material is western red cedar timber, which is used in the construction of the deck, boardwalks and cabin. It is a natural material that exudes quality. A large reflective pool adds a sensory element to the design with connotations of setting sail and drifting away or escaping. The cabin and boardwalk elements have a pontoon-like quality.
The planting palette is made up primarily of heathers, pines and grasses – bold and simple selection that evoke memories and transport people to another place. There are no boundaries to the garden increasing a sense of freedom when enjoying it from within.