Brownfield Beauty – Designer Tristen Knight
During my visit to The RHS Tatton Flower Show I was delighted to see a number of inspiring and original garden designs. One of the designs that stopped me in my tracks was Brownfield Beauty by Tristen Knight. The design won Tristen a Silver Gilt Medal and the title of Young Designer of the Year. Which I think is well deserved…..
The inspiration for Brownfield Beauty came from Tristen’s passion for 19th and early 20th century industrial architecture on brownfield sites. The design aims to prove that these forgotten and unloved spaces can be resurrected to become gardens of beauty.
The space has been designed to be part of a larger external courtyard area of a redeveloped industrial building. It is somewhere for residents to meet, socialise and relax. The space reflects its industrial heritage with the clever use of planting to mirror the rusted tones of the aged steel. Venetian style structural divides and large ornamental trees enable areas to be secluded and private.
The planting was well thought out and complementary to the scheme. Down to the details of a wild flower meadow around the boundaries, hinting at its previous life as a waste land before its transformation to ‘Brownfield Beauty’….A selection of the key planting: Trees Betula Nigra Grasses Carex buchannanii Stipa gigantea Stipa tenuissima Perennials Achillea ‘Terracotta’ Echinacea ‘Sunset’ Helenium Morehiem Beauty Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’ Knifophia ‘Tawny King’ Persicaria affinis ‘Superba’ Penstemon Garnet Sangusorbia officinalis ‘Tanna’ Sedum ‘Stardust’ Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Fascination’
Although you may not be able to in envisage all of this garden in your own outdoor space, (personally I would find room!) you have to admire the garden. The concept, design, execution and planting is excellent. You may be able to choose elements of the design and translate them to fit into ‘your’ space. From the choice of colour combinations of planting, hot reds and golden yellows. The use of ornamental grasses to add movement and texture to your existing schemes. Or consider using recycled materials to build water features or secret seats in the garden. Above all you have to respect a design that stimulates your senses and your imagination, this garden I feel does both.
Congratulations to Tristen Knight, I will look forward to watching his garden design career develop.
I will be back tomorrow and each day this week with more from my visit to this years RHS Tatton Flower show.
I’d love to know your thoughts on this design…..
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