Mind the Gap

Capability Brown Gardens
The garden is a contemporary interpretation of the ha-ha – a device much-loved by Capability Brown. The garden has a lawn, reachable by visitors, which looks out over a wildflower area. A ha-ha moat divides the two environments but keeps the visual perspective. Only when approaching the wildflowers will visitors realize the impossibility of reaching the flora.

The design focuses on the gap between our contemporary interpretation and Brown’s own creative vision, as well as the more contemporary environmental gap between a lawn and a biodiverse meadow.

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The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.