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TIM CORKE

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“The fact that human beings create such things as gardens is strange, for it means that there are aspects of our humanity which nature does not naturally accommodate, which we must make room for in nature’s midst. This in turn means that gardens mark our separation from nature even as they draw us closer to it, that there is something distinctly human in us that is related to nature yet is not of the order of nature…”

Robert Pogue-Harrison - Gardens: An Essay on the Human Condition


People seem to need gardens. An outside sanctuary that connects us to the environment without really entering it. What’s amazing about gardens is how human they are. No two are alike. They each have there own personality etc just like people. When you have a consultation with a client your entering someone else's vision and values on the world. So it’s a very different experience to creating a work of art for myself.

At the same time you always hope to find a client that thinks along similar lines to yourself. Its exiting to have that opportunity to experience creating what feels like your own garden; but then all designs become personal at some point. Its impossible to be creative and not feel involved.

Style, Architecture, landscape and site specifics all have to find a balance and take their  place in the creative process. Drawing on the spirit of the place involves sensitivity to these elements and to the particular needs of the client and consideration to the environment. Drama, passion and a spirit of adventure are always considered to make the garden alive and give it an ‘edge’.

My personal style is contemporary. I find it intriguing when you begin to merge nature and contemporary garden style. The strange alliance of smooth and regular man made surfaces beside natural textures and plants is compelling. One acts like a magnifying glass to the other. Colours seem brighter, shapes are more defined; a precision within an apparent chaos.

It’s also the contrast and purity of man made forms that shines out with natural shapes and textures. A strange harmony; the two so far removed from each other there ultimately seems to be no clash or vying for attention, more of a symbiosis; one being visually dependant on the other.

Its then interesting to consider how all things in a garden interact with the environment and how they become part of it and part of the process. What, how and where things are placed in a garden will ultimately decide how they change. The shadows they create and the patterns they cast, the wind and rain a plant receives and dictates how it will grow; small niches where mosses and lichens or insects might find a place to grow and survive.

So, reflecting on Robert Pogue-Harrison,s comments, I feel that, hard as we may try to impose our selves on mother earth; its ultimately how we accommodate nature that determines whether our gardens will blossom and thrive.

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