Built to celebrate mathematics, this garden made my heart sing – because yes – plants are not random – they all grow according to a precise mathematical formulae based on Calculus.
And this is a lesson I learned to my cost – maths is the foundation of life and you cannot be involved with these subjects without having an understanding of why or what and how.
Plant spirals are not just a happy accident and neither is this garden. Designed by Nick Bailey, this is a clever garden.
The planting is hardy and many plants showily display mathematical patterns in their spiral forms.
Look at the Aloes so well reflected in the beautiful copper bowl of water. The curling pattern of the leaves spiraling up the stem are so beautifully Calculus.
And look at the beautiful copper band which circles the garden. It is etched with plant growth algorithms representing an emerging seedling.
And all this maths in turn is reflected in the beautiful structures in the garden.
The copper band snakes through the garden taking on different functions from bench to stair and banister, then up to the deck via a spiral stair to a deck 3.5m above the garden, and overflowing with trailing plants.
(Photo courtesy of the Royal Horticultural Society)
I love the fact the garden is also people happy with the seating under the round deck giving a warm and inviting space protected from the elements
And that it features a wide range of species giving a long foraging season for pollinators, trees to provide nesting spaces for birds and the copper pool will be colonized by aquatic life. So this is a garden which celebrates the environment and provides space protected from humans destructive activity outside.
Inspite of the hard foundation in mathematics, this garden is organic in form and function creating a space to reflect and rejuvenate. I love it.
Unless otherwise noted, all photos by David Baldock