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IQ Quarry Garden

If you thought a quarry was a barren pile of rubble, think again - this garden transitions seamlessely from stark stone lines to soft wildflower planting

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Did you know...

  • The garden draws attention to how Mother Nature conquers all - plants colonise even the harshest of environments
  • It combines formal structure and natural planting to create a garden of many facets
  • Self-seeded trees vie for attention with willowy scabious in a textural feast for the eyes
  • A feature rusted wall shows that even barren features can add beauty to a garden
  • A rill adds movement to the stillness of the stone garden area
  • The life cycle of a quarry is illustrated beautifully as you travel from from to back of the garden

About the Garden

Influenced by the life cycle of a quarry, this garden is designed for a professional couple who have built a modern house, and are inspired by brutalist form.

Within the hard landscaping of stone, slate, bronze and concrete is a planting structure that draws attention to the amazing habitat created by quarry sites both during extraction and post productive life. The garden uses a mixture of native, naturalised and simple form garden plants to create a palette that is simplistic and natural in tone. Species-rich planting naturally encourages wildlife and supports most layers of the ecosystem.

The Institute of Quarrying has since donated the garden (in a new, reimagined layout) to the National Memorial Arboretum, where it can be enjoyed for years to come.
 

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