University Centre Reaseheath: From A Different Angle

Contemporary garden featuring lavish, mainly herbaceous planting, in a pair of angular raised beds

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Did you know...

  • Paired raised beds feature plantings of contrasting colour schemes - one bed made of wood with hot colours from plants such as heleniums and achillea, the other of metal and with flowers in shades of blue and purple including agapanthus and nepeta
  • The repetition of certain plants helps to unite the borders together within the garden. Each bed features a specimen birch tree while the blooms of Echinacea and grasses such as Stipa and Calamagrostis help to knit the schemes together
  • Towards the back of the garden an area of rock-filled gabions (wire cages) help to form a boundary and are planted with a range of edible plants such as mint, chives and thyme

About the Garden

The installation offers an innovative and challenging sensory space for a Special Educational Needs school. The design echoes the sharp edges of the stone and mountains of Cumbria where the garden will later be relocated.

Children of varying abilities are taken on a journey from lush sensory planting in raised beds to a covered area enclosed by living walls and a vibrant shade sail through several zones of tactile and cognitive stimulation and sensory experiences.

Orange has been used as a contrast with other elements as it facilitates socialisation, increases contentment and stimulates mental activity.

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