For Laurent-Perrier and the Trentham Estate, Chelsea 2005
This garden celebrates the revival of Charles Barry’s 1830s Italianate garden in Staffordshire. Elements of Trentham – water, expanses of perennial planting and stonework – were set within a design language that mixes classicism and modernity.
A raised arcade of Carpinus betulus ’Pendula’, built to the same proportions as Trentham’s Trellis Walk, ran along one side. It overlooked an expanse of perennial planting divided by a series of narrow canals. At the back of the garden, planting with an Italianate character made a setting for a series of classical urns based on those used in Barry’s scheme at Trentham. After the show these were used to replace the lost originals there. The garden was built by Crocus.
Drawing by Tom Stuart Smith