THE INSPIRATION OF THE CLOUDY BAY VINEYARD
Designing a show garden is very different to designing a garden for a specific client, so this week I thought it would be interesting to look at how Gavin and Andrew developed the ideas for their Chelsea garden.
The major influences were the location of the vineyards in New Zealand where Cloudy Bay produce their wines and the companys’ concept of ‘always precious sometimes scarce’. The vineyard never compromises on quality even when their grape harvest is in short supply.
Having done their research into the vineyards and the Marlborough region of New Zealand they had lots of information to apply to their concept. The next stage was to develop their ideas and research into the initial concept for the garden.
One of their ideas happened when they were in their studio sketching and bouncing ideas around about the various design options. In the true spirit of research they opened a bottle of Cloudy Bay wine and realised that the label of the Richmond Mountain range on the bottle, could represent a 2D plan and began to develop this through a series of sketches.
They also wanted to incorporate the essence of the vineyard into the garden. The soil is obviously a vital part, the stony alluvial soil is what supports the vines after all. This is represented in the garden by a shale bank with plants positioned in dry gravel, this also serves to unify the whole garden.
The precious nature of water is highlighted by a shallow stream running through the garden and this also reflects the patterns of the Wairau River.
I’ll write more about how the design was conceived next week, meanwhile plants sourced in Belgium, including trees and unusual Box plants, have arrived safely in this country. This is always a relief because mature trees aren’t easy to transport, but they’re now in the safe hands of Hortus Loci nursery in the run up to the Show.
Click here to find last weeks post: Creating A Show Garden, how the process begins – Week 9
Sketches by Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam