Finding Inner Peace - GWC 2013
Paul was invited to represent the United Kingdom at the 2013 Gardening World Cup in Japan. The garden that he created was based on the classical greek built form of the Exedra, a place to talk. The design explores the thought that the exchange of ideas, communication and equal respect are the mechanisms for creating peace, both in an individual basis with our immediate neighbours but also as people and communities reaching out across the world.
The Exedra sits as a focal point to a pair of sweeping mixed shrub and herbaceous borders which are packed with plants and flowers from across the world, a subtle nod to the many ways plants have forged international links and alliances throughout history. The Exedra is completed with 7 stone seats in an arc, referencing the seven continents and is backed with a symbolic message written on the walls of the Exedra.
Along one side of the Garden a traditional cutting or Dahlia walk is created, backed by a clipped hedge. It has three traditional English beehives highlighting the plight of pollinating insects in our towns and cities.
Known for his English classic style this garden is designed to feel both comfortable and stylish but also a place where one can reflect and draw inspiration from.