Inspiration

A tour of the gardens at Glyndebourne Manor

0 Written by Lisa on 8th Aug 2014 in Inspiration

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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.

Glyndbourne Manor Lisa Cox Garden Designs - Copy

This year they’re celebrating their 80th Anniversary of the Glyndebourne festival.  I always thought that the performances at Glyndbourne were outside, but there’s a purpose built opera house.  What makes Glyndebourne special is that you’re able to picnic in the wonderful gardens during the extended interval.

Long borders at Glyndebourne Lisa Cox Garden Designs - Copy

Glyndebourne Manor garden Lisa Cox Designs - Copy

Many people go to town with their best crockery, champagne and dress to impress – a little taste of how life used to be I guess.  We of course didn’t wear ball gowns – we felt it might be a little odd to walk around the gardens in the middle of the afternoon dressed in our finest!

Christopher Lloyd border at Glyndebourne Manor Lisa Cox Garden Designs - Copy

The sweeping lawns and garden rooms have been designed to enhance the experience of visiting the Glyndebourne festival so specifically they have left lots of open space so that visitors can really enjoy the atmosphere.

Lawns at Glyndebourne Garden Lisa Cox Designs - Copy

Beyond the ha-ha the countryside opens up and takes your eye to the South Downs beyond.  Garden designers of old were brilliant at “borrowing” the landscape making the visitor feel as though the fields beyond were part of the house and garden.

View from Glyndebourne gardens Lisa Cox Designs - Copy

Gaura Whirling Butterflies at Glyndebourne Lisa Cox Garden Designs - Copy

Although formal in layout, and completely appropriate to the grand house and setting, the garden had an informal relaxed feel about it.  The final rehearsal night is mostly attended by friends and family of the performers and staff at Glyndebourne and some arrived early to enjoy the warm sunshine.

Picnicing at Glyndebourne Lisa Cox Garden Designs - Copy

Stipa gigantea flower heads in the breeze Lisa Cox Garden Designs - Copy

The wildflower meadow at the front of the house was in the private part of the garden so we felt honoured to walk through and see it.

Wildflower meadow at Glyndebourne Lisa Cox Garden Designs - Copy

Wildflower meadow at Glyndebourne Garden Lisa Cox Designs - Copy

The golden coreopsis was glowing in the sunshine, just gorgeous!

Golden coreopsis at Glyndebourne Lisa Cox Garden Designs - Copy

Glyndebourne manor garden Lisa Cox Garden Designs - Copy

There were vistas and glimpses and lots of benches that drew the eye and made you want to go exploring.

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I can think of worse places to sit!

Bench overlooking the countryside at Glyndebourne Lisa Cox Garden Designs - Copy

The formal double borders near the top of the garden are multi-functional as this is the entrance for visitors who arrive by coach and it’s also one of the main routes to the garden from the opera house.

The planting here was voluptuous and summery with box balls and columns of Portuguese laurel holding it all together.

Arched walkway at Glyndebourne Lisa Cox Garden Designs - Copy

But it wasn’t all about the plants and opera for me.  Look at the paving in this shaded courtyard.  The old flag stone stones and brick details wouldn’t be the same without the weeds and grass growing in the joints.

Shady paving at Glyndebourne Lisa Cox Garden Designs - Copy

And the amazing bronze called The Turning Horse by sculptor Nic Fiddian Green I thought was exquisite – oh to be able to afford to commission such a piece!

Sculpture at Glyndebourne Lisa Cox Designs - Copy

Horse head bronze at Glyndebourne Lisa Cox Garden Designs - Copy

The Glyndebourne festival continues until the end of August and full details can be found on the Glyndebourne website.  When the festival finishes, the productions are taken on tour and these can be seen at various venues around the country.

 

(Images: Lisa Cox)

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

A beautiful and inspirational garden for a family in Surrey

4 Written by Lisa on 30th May 2014 in From the drawing board, Inspiration

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Back in 2012 I worked with Fiona Humberstone and her husband to help translate the ideas they had for their garden into a design that they could work from themselves. Read more

RHS Chelsea Flower Show – 2014 inspiration

0 Written by Lisa on 25th May 2014 in Inspiration

Fabric lanterns in Artisan retreat at RHS Chelsea 2014 Lisa Cox

There’s so much to inspire at the Chelsea Flower Show and it’s not all about the show gardens and floral exhibits. Read more

RHS Chelsea 2014 – 150 Years of Hilliers

0 Written by Lisa on 25th May 2014 in Inspiration

150 years of Hilliers RHS Chelsea 2014 exhibit Lisa Cox

The Hilliers exhibit in the Floral Marquee is always a highlight of The Chelsea Flower Show.  All the other exhibits are amazing too, but this one is very much at the heart of it. Read more

RHS Chelsea 2014 – My pick of the Fresh Gardens

2 Written by Lisa on 24th May 2014 in Inspiration

Fresh Garden Fabric RHS Chelsea 2014 Lisa Cox

I still have so much to show you, but on this last day of the 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show I wanted to show you the last of the show gardens that gave me some inspiration. 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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