A Swiss Sanctuary

Sanctuary Gardens

The garden is an imaginary personal sanctuary that draws together the unique flora that typifies different regions of Switzerland. Using the flora of Switzerland, it celebrates the variation the diverse climate brings, mixing alpine and Mediterranean planting to illustrate the country’s distinctive and rich natural landscapes.

The garden showcases Switzerland’s landscapes interpreted within the boundaries of an urban garden. Large stones represent the mountains in the landscape. A water feature gently leads to a central body of water that brushes a seating area, itself mimicking the waterfront edges seen at many of Switzerland’s clear water lakes. Here sits a bespoke iron bench designed to reflect the train tracks synonymous with sustainable Swiss travel.

The garden aims to highlight some of the many reasons to visit the picturesque cities and scenic countryside of Switzerland – spring for culture and festivals, summer for hiking and outdoor activities in the Alps, autumn for food and wine, winter for winter sports and breathtaking pure white panoramas.

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