Snapshot: Now and Then

 Winterbourne’s broad terrace was employed successfully by architect, JL Ball, as a means of transitioning from house to garden. Ball prescribed a typically understated treatment of the retaining wall and in particular the small verandah which links projecting cross wings on either side: ‘the ceiling and walls inside the verandah to be whitewashed and the … More Snapshot: Now and Then

Food for Thought

When Winterbourne’s architect, Joseph Lancaster Ball, was instructed by the Nettlefolds to design the hard landscape immediately surrounding the property, he gave as much care and attention to the five-sided Walled Garden as he did to the house itself. Here, Arts and Crafts traditions emerged again in the surrounding country first tamed by Ball, and … More Food for Thought

Metamorphoses

All good gardens impart narrative; that is, they exist in conversation with the surrounding landscape, evoke memories of the past and give meaning to the future. Good gardens tell the story of their makers. Yet over time, that story often becomes not a permanent account of a fixed moment in time, but a fluid exchange … More Metamorphoses

Snapshot: Blue

“Gentian-blue is a useful word, bringing to mind the piercingly powerful hue of the Gentianella. So also is turquoise-blue, for the stone has little variety of shade, and the colour is always of the same type. Forget-me-not blue is also a good word, meaning the colour of the native water Forget-me-not. Sky-blue is a little … More Snapshot: Blue