BURLINGTON STONE ‘REFLECTS’ ON GOLD AWARD AT HOLKER GARDEN FESTIVAL
‘Reflections’, the inspired show garden of local natural stone engineers and Holker Group company, Burlington Stone, scooped a Gold Award at last weekend’s Holker Garden Festival (June 3rd – 5th)
Using one of the finest and most durable sources of stone in the world quarried from the heart of the English Lake District, the Burlington garden concept was used to showcase a number of new landscaping products. Equally at home in an urban or rural setting, the garden’s creators – Damson Design of Kendal – majored on the fusion of Burlington’s light and dark hard landscaping materials to create a reflection of each other. In doing so, they created a space of tranquillity where people could take time to ‘reflect’.
As the architect behind ‘Reflections’, Nicola Hills, Director of Damson Design stated: “In addition to using the garden design to illustrate the contrast between the dark and light Burlington stone, this year we once again featured both new and existing landscaping products, all of which added to its authenticity and delivered a ‘wow’ factor in the process.”
Visitors to the three day festival – established as the North’s premier garden event – entered the Burlington garden on a pathway created out of tumbled cobbles in blue/grey Kirkby natural stone, the first new addition to the company’s landscaping product range for 2011. Once on the pathway, visitors were surrounded by beautiful planting of mixed perennials and grasses in colours that complemented the stone and limestone used to create two radial terraces that lay before them: soft pinks and deep plums mixed with lime greens and smokey blues.
The first terrace - enveloped in part by the pathway - was constructed from Burlington’s Baycliff Caulfeild limestone and featured an anti-slip flame textured finish. Here, paving modules that are 600mm x 600mm x 30mm were used to create the overall look. Echoing the radial appearance of the terrace, five cylindrical ‘log-shaped’ seats of decreasing size and made from discs of olive green Bursting Stone, provided an ideal spot from which to relax.
Meandering down the path through the planting lead to a second terrace that was finished in 450mm x 450mm x 20mm modules of Brandy Crag Silver natural stone, again with a flame textured finish. Surrounded by a continuation of the tumbled cobbles, this terrace was flanked on part of its radius by a curved seat that was constructed from Baycliff limestone walling and capped by a Baycliff Lord honed top. Adding to the shaded tranquillity of this part of the garden was an arc of Acer Globosum trees.
Measuring 10m x 12m, the garden was enclosed on two sides by a boundary wall constructed from another new landscaping product, blue/grey cropped walling stone. Capped with 50mm honed Bursting Stone copings, the wall was planted with lavender at either end to soften the appearance of the hard landscaping whilst filling the garden with scent. Helping contain the garden on its two open sides was Burlington’s path edgings supplied in the same Kirkby material as the tumbled cobbles.
Commenting on behalf of Burlington, Sales & Marketing Director, Nick Williams said: “The festival was once again a great success for Burlington. It provided a great showcase from which to promote our new landscaping products, such as the tumbled cobbles and blue/grey and limestone cropped walling. The new products were all well received and Reflections certainly proved to be a real talking point over the three days.”
Established seven years ago, Damson Design – situated in Levens Hall, Kendal – is becoming increasingly recognised for delivering award winning landscape designs of distinction. Having received a Silver Gilt award at Hampton Court last year, director and founder, Nicola Hills, has inspirations to build on this success, not only at this year’s Holker Garden Festival but also at many other internationally recognised future events.
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