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Inspiration from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

0 Written by Lisa on 7th Oct 2014 in Inspiration

The Olympic Rings Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Last week I showed some images of my visit to the Thames Barrier Park in London.  On the same day we also visited the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which is now, for the most part, open to the public so I thought I’d share some of the photos I took along the way.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park walkway Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I didn’t manage to get there when the Olympics were on so I missed out on the annual wild flower meadows.  Like the Thames Barrier Park, I felt we were a little late in the year as the perennial meadows had finished but the new planting near the Olympic Stadium was looking lovely still.

Planting at the Olympic Park London Lisa Cox garden Designs

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park London Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Some of the images I took are a little abstract as there were plenty of interesting textures and elements including drainage channels, railings and benches.  Amazing what you see when you’re looking through the lens of a camera…

Wire mesh railings Olympic Park London Lisa Cox Garden Designs

These first two images were railings/barriers over a bridge.

Interesting railings Olympic Park London Lisa Cox Garden Designs

And this floor detail I thought was interesting – you can see the slot drain in the middle but the other metal strip detail is, I assume, part of the structure of the bridge/to hold the resin bound surface in place.

Drainage detail in bridge Olympic Park  London Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Some of the furniture was lovely including these big lounger-style benches which almost doubled up as art.

Benches at the Olympic Park London Lisa Cox Garden Designs

And I noticed the attention to detail at the end of this simple bench a bit further along the river…

Bench detail Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Lisa Cox Garden Designs

It’s details like these that elevate a normal bench to something a bit more classy!

The next photograph was taken from underneath the Aquatic Centre – such an amazing building, designed by Zaha Hadid

Under the Aquatic Centre Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Lisa Cox Designs

And the image below was taken of the tactile wooden and steel jigsaw wall (not sure what else to call it) – each square turns to reveal a black side which can be used to make shapes or spell words.

Olympic Park in London Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Some of the pathways were still closed off because they’re still doing some work to create the permanent park.  I took this image whilst we walked along the Leigh river – sometimes I felt really disorientated, I certainly didn’t expect Canary Wharf to be visible from where we were standing – it looks almost as though you could reach out and touch it!

Canary Wharf from the Olympic Park Lisa Cox Garden Designs

And I’ll leave you with these two last images which were taken in one of the children’s playgrounds over the other side of the park.  The autumnal grasses looked just gorgeous!

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Olympic Park London Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Full details of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park can be found on their comprehensive website.

 

(Images: Lisa Cox)

 

 

A visit to the Thames Barrier Park in London

0 Written by Lisa on 3rd Oct 2014 in Inspiration

Thames Barrier Park Lisa Cox

I met up with an old friend on mine in London on Monday.  We decided to go to the Thames Barrier Park which I’ve always wanted to see and never quite got around to. Read more

Inspiring day in Somerset – Part Three

0 Written by Lisa on 30th Sep 2014 in Inspiration

Shaftesbury Gold Hill Lisa Cox Garden Designs

As you know, last Tuesday I went with my friend and fellow garden designer, Jane Shankster, to visit the Piet Oudolf garden at the new Hauser & Wirth gallery in Somerset. Read more

An inspiring visit to Hauser & Wirth in Somerset – Part Two

6 Written by Lisa on 27th Sep 2014 in Inspiration

Salvia at Hauser Wirth Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Part two of my visit to Hauser & Wirth in Somerset on Tuesday features some close-up photographs I took of the planting.  The sunlight was diffused by the misty air which made for some good shots. Read more

An inspiring visit to Hauser & Wirth in Somerset – Part One

0 Written by Lisa on 24th Sep 2014 in Inspiration

Hauser & Wirth Garden Somerset Lisa Cox Designs

I took a frivolous day off yesterday to visit the new Piet Oudolf garden at the Hauser & Wirth Gallery in Somerset. Read more

A visit to Sussex Prairies

4 Written by Lisa on 9th Sep 2014 in Inspiration, Plants

Sussex Prairies Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I missed a visit to Sussex Prairies a couple of weeks ago so as the weather was lovely at the weekend we decided to pay a visit.  I’ve been wanting to go for ages! Read more

A tour of the gardens at Glyndebourne Manor

0 Written by Lisa on 8th Aug 2014 in Inspiration

Glyndebourne Manor Lisa Cox Garden Designs - Copy

On Wednesday I spent an amazing afternoon at Glyndbourne Manor with my friend and writer, Rona Wheeldon.  We were invited to a special Garden Bloggers event to have a tour of the gardens and to see the final rehearsal of Rinaldo which opens this weekend. Read more

Rooms outside by Green Studios

0 Written by Lisa on 22nd Jul 2014 in Inspiration

Lores garden studio by Green Studios

I absolutely believe that your garden has the potential to create additional living space that you can use all year round.  Get the design right and it will change the way you use the space and encourage you to spend more time outside. Read more

Something a bit different in the garden furniture world

2 Written by Lisa on 16th Jul 2014 in Garden accessories, Inspiration

Dedon furniture collection

I came across Dedon recently, an outdoor furniture company that offers something a bit different. Read more

Loseley Park Garden Part 2 – Flying the Union Jack

0 Written by Lisa on 26th Jun 2014 in Inspiration

Flag flying at Loseley Park Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I hope you enjoyed my earlier post this week following my visit to Loseley Park garden last week.  Here are some more images from this wonderful garden… Read more

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I specialise in helping families to turn their gardens into an extension of their home and into a space that can be used and enjoyed all year round.

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