A Garden Portrait: Rosie Tonkin

Entering through a concealed entrance, beneath a wooden garage-esque structure, the garden was a secretive plot of delicate privacy. Long grasses and stems laced with intricate petals and seed heads grew in a translucent wilderness. Originally a concrete builders yard, left bare after the conversion of the old stable into house and home, Rosie saw the perfect opportunity to build a landscape inspired by Derek Jarman’s garden at Prospect cottage. Jarman was an artist, stage designer and film maker; towards the end of his life he spent much of his time tending to his shingle garden on the Kent coast, in the shadow of the Dungeness nuclear power station.  Starting with a bleak hard-core ground, Rosie started the garden by...

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A Garden Portrait: Phillipa Collings

  Nestled into an undulating valley, grazed by sheep, Phil's garden was a condensed, manipulated Eden of it's surrounding pastures. Originally an old cattle yard peppered with cherry trees, the walls were knocked to half measures and trees slayed: A vista beckons the eye out beyond the garden boundaries, into the mottled green of a sun-dappled valley. Several years later, a structured and decisive growth of shrubs, trees and bushes, tickle and lick against the walls and corners of space. Bushes huddle into cliques around defining features, such as that of a trickling stream that falls and bellows at the garden's edge. Trees of different hues grow high and heavy, casting long shadows upon the lawn. The lawns spread out...

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