Working with Cloudy Bay, the pioneering winery in Marlborough, New Zealand, the brothers have produced a garden appealling to horticulturists and wine-lovers alike. In The Cloudy Bay Garden in Association with Vital Earth, shades of reds, purples and plums represent Cloudy Bay's range of red wines, and shades of whites and greens represent their whites. Trees punctuate the colour-schemed garden to add height and remind visitors of old wooden wine casks. It is a garden in which to enjoy wine, taking you from the fresh and clean tones of a Pinot Noir with planting in red, purples and plums to the floral, dark and earthy tones of a Sauvignon Blanc with light white and green planting.
The brothers have been medal-winners before - in 2013 they achieved gold for the Artisan Garden Un Garreg. This year they set their goals higher with designing a Show Garden.
Harry Rich says: “It’s a true privilege to be working with Cloudy Bay. There are many affinities between gardening and winemaking and it’s amazing to be so close to it, while also helping others understand the beautiful process and experience of wine through this garden design.”
A contemporary moveable shack in the centre of the garden reflects the vineyard’s heritage, giving different perspectives of the garden and creating a fluid and adaptable space. The boundary conceals pull out seats and a table that folds down to reveal an art piece. British Native Field maple and Hawthorn trees deepen the natural feeling crafting a layered canopy over the garden. The large water feature mirrors the dimensions of the shack and portrays the clean, crisp character of the white Sauvignon Blanc.
Corylus avellana (coppiced)
Buxus 'Vardar Valley'
Rosa 'Burgundy Ice'
Rosa 'Gertrude Jekyll'
Rosa 'Jude the Obscure'
Rosa 'Munstead Wood'
Anthriscus sylvestris 'Raven's Wing'
Aquilegia 'Black Barlow'
Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow'
Astrantia 'Hadspden Blood'
Centaurea montana 'Jordy'
Digitalis purpurea f alba
Foeniculum 'Giant Bronze'
Geranium pyrenaicum 'Bill Wallis'
Geranium sylvaticum 'Album'
Hesperis matronalis 'Alba'
Iris germanica 'Deep Black'
Iris germanica 'Black Swan'
Iris germanica 'Quechee'
Iris germanica 'Roseplic'
Iris germanic 'Superstition'
Iris sibirica 'Dreaming Yellow'
Mathiasella bupluroides 'Dreaming Green'
Papaver somniferum 'Black Paeony'
Paeonia 'Bowl of Cream'
Paeonia 'Buckeye Belle'
Paeonia 'Duchesse de Nemour'
Paeonia 'Red Charm'
Polygonatum x hybridum
Savia x jamensis 'Nachtvlinder'
Verbascum 'Temptress Purple'
Digitalis parviflora 'Milk Chocolate'
Euphorbia x pasteurii 'John Philips'
Allium 'Violet Beauty'
Gladiolus communis subsp byzantinus
Deschampsia cespitosa 'Garnet Schist'
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