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The roses mentioned are:
1. Rosa “Sourire d’Orchidée”
2. Rosa “Kiftsgate”
3. Rosa “Constance Spry”1. Penelope Hobhouse
The designers that Gunda mentions:
1. Penelope Hobhouse
2. Gertrude Jekyll
3. Jardins en Mouvement, Gilles Clément
4. Parc Citroen in Paris
Penelope Hobhouse is probably the grande dame of British gardening, with plenty of books and TV appearances to her name. She is best known for having designed gardens for people as varied as the Queen Mother, Steve Jobs and the clothing designer, Jil Sander. Her style is loved by “those people who love rooms and bones—the paths and walls that form the satisfying verticals of the garden” and this is very evident in the elegant little seating areas and rooms throughout this garden.
Gertrude Jekyll was a water colourist before becoming a garden designer, and is best known for her gardens that she created with the architect Edwin Lutyens at the turn of the 20th century, as well as hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles. Her gardens were informal yet structured and were best known for their “painterly” way with colour as well as the careful blending of textures and forms. Much of the shade planting here would have likely delighted her!
Jardins en Mouvement, pioneered in the early ’80s by Gilles Clément, garden creator, writer and thinker: The idea is remarkably current, promoting the use of acceptance of growth and death in the garden, limiting all interventions to their bare essentials, and enjoying the “movement” or “arrivals” of indigenous species, including weeds.
Lastly, the Jardins de Citroen are to be found in the Parc Citroen in Paris, near the Musée d’Orsay. Created on the site of an old Citroen car factory, the gardens include a series of small themed “rooms”—a white garden, a black garden, and a “movement garden” including plenty of invasive species intended to do just that. Gunda’s garden has this sense of movement and fluidity that these gardens inspire, without feeling out of control or messy. Superb!
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