Landscape and garden designers are working together with Sir Harold Hillier Gardens to revitalise the Centenary Garden double borders, in readiness for its 50th birthday

Julia Fogg and Anny Evason's design
Julia Fogg and Anny Evason's design

The enormous borders at the historic Hampshire gardens are over 200 hundred metres in length, supposedly the longest in the country.

The borders will be extended from 220 to 280 metres and widened from six to nine metres, providing an even bigger canvas for decorative planting and integration with surrounding woodland landscape.

Also included in the design will be areas for relaxation and contemplation such as a central ellipse and pavilions that offer views both within the border and out to the surrounding gardens. The geometrically patterned paths will create strong vistas to the trees in the distance and a sense of perspective will be achieved by replacing the height of close neighbouring trees with subtle decorative tree planting.

Julia Fogg said: “We were keen to maintain the traditional feel of the central path, but also involve visitors more directly with the planting by the way of secondary angled cross paths that lead through the borders and offer an optional route in and out of the bordering woodland.”

The aim of the design is to acknowledge the original intention of giving visitors the delights of a promenade through traditional double borders, but within a fresh and contemporary structure. It will ensure that the collection of mature trees and shrubs are displayed, while introducing a palette of over 120 new plants and carefully considered structural hedging that will provide imaginative contrasts of texture, harmonious colour juxtapositions and year-round interest.

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