Inspired by a glimpse of an olive grove from a Tuscan wayside,
this garden gives hints of how the effects of global warming could
change our gardening practices, and indeed the very nature of our
countryside, in less than a hundred years.
Best Courtyard Garden
Silver Gilt Flora
IMPRESSION OF THE GARDEN
Courtyard Garden RM11
It is a beautiful and serene space in its own right, with a
dramatic carpet of wildflowers surrounding an old gnarled olive tree, and fronted
by a crumbling dry stone wall encrusted with lichen and pockets of vegetation.
On a practical note, this design could form the basis of a plan for any sloping
The latest research shows that average summer temperatures
in parts of southern Britain could rise by up to 3°C within the next fifty
years, leading to the development of a climate more like that of the present-day
Mediterranean. This garden shows how our countryside and gardens may develop,
and how they could mirror climate change through a combination of opportunity
The issues raised by global warming are huge and
far-reaching, and they will extend to areas of life well beyond
the garden. Perhaps though, getting to grips with the imminent changes
in our own backyards will help us to become more aware of the wider
implications – not just for the British Isles, but for our
planet as a whole.
And so… my hope is that this garden of the imagination
illustrates what may happen, and reveals a “View to A Future”
– our future.