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Morris & Co.

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William Morris was an influential designer and cultural figure of the Victorian era. He loved nature and his designs were heavily influenced by the flowers he saw around him; his impact is still felt today.

This garden of the Morris & Co. reimagines two of Morris’s iconic patterns. Morris’s first pattern Trellis (1862) inspires the garden layout and pathways and one of his most famous patterns Willow Boughs (1887) is reflected in the design of the pavilion and water channels. The pavilion incorporates patterned posts and intricate metal screens and the garden brings his continuing legacy to a contemporary audience.
 
A selection of plants from Morris’s designs are included alongside cultivars of cottage garden favourites. The planting reflects his love of colour – earthy reds, apricots and blues predominate – while providing food and habitat for birds.
 
The garden’s legacy will be to seed several new community gardens in Islington in collaboration with the Arc Centre Gardening Collective.

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