July 2009

This garden was created by the French painter Jacques Majorelle in the 1920’s and the the blue colour used throughout the garden has been patened… Marjorelle blue.  Marjorelle also collected plants,  and the resulting garden is extraordinary, water is a very important feature throughout, it has marble pools, banana trees, fab succulents, groves of bamboo, coconut palms and bougainvilleas.  After years of neglect, the garden was then taken over and restored by the fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre BergeMarjorelle potsMarjorelle blueMarjorelle blue potMarjorelle blue houseLily pond


Work will begin next year on a 400m long, 24m high sculpture of a woman lying down, in a new public park next to Shotton mine in Northumberland, and will cost 2.5M. The 1.5M tonnes of soil from the mine will form the “green goddess”. It will take about a year to build.

Charles Jencks is a leading figure in British Landscape Architecture. He created the Garden of Cosmic Speculation in his private garden at Portrack, Dumfries,  I visited it last year on its one open day per year, it was amazing, and I cant wait to see the green goodess.

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