The Garden Company has been contracted to build one of the 12 designer gardens at this year’s Future Gardens event, which marks the first stage of the Butterfly World project located near St. Albans, Hertfordshire. When complete, the butterfly biosphere will be the largest of its kind in the world.
The garden called Nature’s Artistry – Autumn’s Edge is designed by Fiona Heron and explores the sense of becoming and regeneration in autumn – using materials sensitive to natural form and weathering.
The scheme relies on clean lines and precise setting out and levels which required impeccable attention to detail by the build team. The key feature for the launch of the garden in June 2009 is the Iris beds. The Garden Company managed the growing of the Iris’ (Iris sib. ‘Papillion’, Iris sib. ‘White Swirl’ and Iris ‘Kent Pride’) to ensure a good flower display for the opening of the Future Gardens event. As the season matures the emphasis will move to the rushes water beds and the majestic flower heads of the Typha latifolia and Typha gracilis, while the meadow area, planted with a carefully selected array of wild flowers, compliments the ethos of the Butterfly World Project, creating a positive environment for butterflies and bees.
James Scott, Managing Director of The Garden Company said “We are delighted to have worked with Fiona on this project. The key to the success of the garden relied on the excellent communication between the designer and contractor and the skill and expertise of the build team to create the tranquil space that was envisaged”.