Tonight I'm looking forward to another excellent talk by Tom Stuart-Smith at the Garden Museum, London. The full title of the talk is The Secret Garden or Attachment, Separation and Loss: a Meditation on Spatial Design. It was introduced last week as an insight into the formative influences of Italian Renaissance gardens, including Caprarola and Villa Lante, and the 1740's William Kent garden at Rousham, Oxfordshire.
Giardini segreti are spaces hidden away, for pleasure or escape, and it will be interesting to see the conceptual transaltion of this idea in the contemporary, garden room style that he is known for.
Below is an almost iconic image of planting style: multistemmed rhus tiphina embracing and enclosing the space, underplanted with hakonechloa and evergreen box.
Talks, events and exhibitions are all on the Garden Museum site.
More well known imagery.... its seduction is about its inevitability; even in a show space such as Chelsea it seeks to make space for us, to re-establish a connection with an inner space of thought and wonder.
Stuart-Smith commented last week on the relationship between psychology (or being married to a psychologist) and the making of his gardens; listening, I was relieved to find that gardens, like the Renaissance ones, are still being thought of as spaces to delight the body and the mind.