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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.

After we’d finished at the gallery and enjoyed a very nice pub lunch, we ambled our way back home, stopping briefly at King Alfred’s Tower which forms part of the Stourhead Estate and also visited Shaftesbury because we thought it would be good for photos.

So today I thought it would be nice to share some of the other images I took along the way.  Some are abstract of textures and details, which I always find really inspiring, but others are just of the somerset countryside which is particularly beautiful at this time of the year when the trees are just starting to turn.

Somerset Countryside view from Shaftesbury Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Pathway through grass to King Alfred's Tower Lisa Cox Designs

 

The next couple of photographs were taken at the Hauser & Wirth Gallery in the internal courtyard…

Lamps and shadows Hauser Wirth Somerset Lisa Cox Designs

Grasses & brickwork Hauser Wirth Lisa Cox Designs

 

I loved the concrete detail of this drain (below) – sad I know, but these details feed my creativity.  The whole area was constructed using poured concrete, each section detailed and edged with cast concrete that doubled up as a drainage gully which led to a central drain cover.

This is not just concrete, it’s been thought about and designed to create an aesthetically pleasing and practical courtyard which probably saved some cash too.

Concrete coutyard & drawin detail at Hauser Wirth Somerset Lisa Cox Garden Designs

And this image was taken of the reinforced parking areas outside…

Parking surface Lisa Cox Garden Designs

As I mentioned earlier, we stopped at King Alfred’s Tower on our way past and took a few photographs of the amazing brickwork.  Originally designed as a folly from which the surrounding countryside could be viewed, the tower has now become a landmark which can be seen from afar.  Such a shame it’s not safe enough to climb now, but it did provide an opportunity for some interesting pictures…

King alfred Tower Somerset Lisa Cox Garden Designs

King Alfreds Tower Lisa Cox Garden Designs

King Alfred's Tower Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Looking up at King Alfred's Tower LIsa Cox Garden Designs

King Alfred's Tower Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Brickwork on King Alfreds Tower Lisa Cox Garden Designs

 

As we walked through the wooded edge to get to the tower, I noticed a cross that had been carved in the bark of a silver birch tree…

Cross on birch bark Lisa Cox Garden Designs

 

And these last images were taken in the historic town of Shaftesbury, famous for the Hovis advert which was filmed in Gold Hill.

Gold Hill Shaftesbury Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Gold Hill in Shaftesbury Lisa Cox Garden Designs

As we walked around the town I notice some details which made for some good photographs…

Plants in wall in Shaftesbury Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Drain cover in Shaftesbury Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Drainage gully Gold Hill Shaftesbury Lisa Cox Garden designs

Informal paving in Shaftesbury Lisa Cox Garden designs

Amazing how interesting things are when you’re looking through the lens of a camera!

 

(Images: Lisa Cox)

 

 

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

4 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

Loseley Park Garden Part 1 – From Gertrude Jekyll to The Flower Garden

0 Written by Lisa on 22nd Jun 2014 in Inspiration

Loseley House from the Herb Garden Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Last week I attended a press event at Loseley Park.  As you know, I love the garden there…it has an informal and relaxed feel to it and it’s never the same each time you visit. Read more

Some inspiration from a birthday spent in France

0 Written by Lisa on 3rd Jun 2014 in Inspiration

Estuary at Saint Valery Sur Somme Lisa Cox Designs

It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago and we decided to go over to France to a little boutique-style Logis we know that has a wonderful restaurant attached. 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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