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- Arcadia Landscape Design & Garden -
8 Nov 2023
So much more than just a 4500m² experimental garden & nursery
Arcadia is made up of a woodland, a native meadow, a garden for moisture loving plants, a garden for dry loving plants, and a space planted mostly with tall perennials. A naturalistic space that transports to a transcendental experience. Arcadia has soul, a heartbeat, a rhythm that gets under the skin, and I felt it in bucket loads.
Perched on a hilltop in the heart of the Rivelin Valley, between the city centre of Sheffield and the Peak District, sits Arcadia Landscape Design Garden the brainchild of Landscape Designers Doug Baker and Charlotte Liu.
A palette of liquorice, chocolate, rust, burnt umber, copper, deep fuchsia, wheat, vanilla, lime, amber and lemon. Textures, shape & form, random tall planting, with light weaving its way through and leading the eye to each verse and chapter.
Brown, spiky teasel heads and the flame red leaves of the liquidambar subtly kissed by autumn light, with notes of white from the birch trees set against the trees beyond. A meadow scape, filled with perennials, seasonal palette, and texture.
I cannot begin to appreciate the work and knowledge involved in creating such a thought-provoking space, but I do know that Doug and Charlotte have created something extraordinary that I cannot wait to immerse myself in time and time again.
An honour and a privilege to spend time with you.
Thank you so much Doug and Charlotte
Planting: Filipendula ulmaria 'rosea', Teasel, Liquidambar, Drumstick alium, Eupatorium, Scabiosa alpina, Artemisia lactiflora, seed heads of Iris sibirica, grasses of Molinia caerulea, Miscanthus giganteus and Tufted hair grass the Deschampsia caespitosa.
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