Monthly Archives: February 2017

Living Roof

Sempervivum 'Lilac Time' on shed roof with chives in background and view to house. Terracotta ball and finial in foreground - © Janet Johnson/GAP Photos

Sempervivum ‘Lilac Time’ on shed roof with chives in background and view to house. Terracotta ball and finial in foreground – © Janet Johnson/GAP Photos

Living roof on shed in small London garden.

In a small garden, space is precious so the garden shed roof can provide an additional area for plants and animal life.

Green roof - Sempervivum 'Lilac Time' flowering - © Janet Johnson/GAP Photos

Green roof – Sempervivum ‘Lilac Time’ flowering – © Janet Johnson/GAP Photos

This design by David Sorrell takes the typical monoculture of sedum used on most green roofs and goes beyond. Here a few sedum and sempervivum are interspersed with other wildflower plants suited to dry soil and a thin substrate.

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Cantax

Arch framing the topiary crown - Cantax - © Lynn Keddie/GAP Photos

Arch framing the topiary crown – Cantax – © Lynn Keddie/GAP Photos

The garden of sculptor Deborah and her musician husband, Andrew van der Beek.

When not creating bronze sculptures, some of them lifesize, Deborah is tirelessly crafting a beautiful garden. Huge Yew hedges criss-cross the garden and a labyrinth of hidden passages lead you through the garden. The centre piece is a castellated circular structure, with windows and a circular wooden platform some 10 feet above the garden. Other interesting structures include a 15 foot tall Hornbeam witches hat, a Box topiary crown some 10 feet tall and a 20 foot Amazonian woman. The house has been the set of various BBC period dramas and was even featured in one of the Harry Potter movies.

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Paul Gilbert Blacksmith and sculptor

Paul Gilbert, blacksmith and sculptor, outside his workshop - © Paul Debois/GAP Photos

Paul Gilbert, blacksmith and sculptor, outside his workshop – © Paul Debois/GAP Photos

Paul Gilbert is a Blacksmith and garden sculptor with a difference, working out of a secluded smithy in rural Devon.

Highland bull sculpture by Paul Gilbert, blacksmith and sculptor - © Paul Debois/GAP Photos

Highland bull sculpture by Paul Gilbert, blacksmith and sculptor – © Paul Debois/GAP Photos

With leaves, flowing stems, waterfalls and small animals and insects, his work is organic, very much inspired by art nouveau. Paul makes gates, fences and smaller works for any garden, all custom designed by him to order. He can also make larger sculptures too. Recent work includes horses and highland bulls. These are life-size, and can take several weeks to complete. The workshop is a traditional smithy in a farm yard, with the anvil the centre of attention. It is full of tools, raw materials and work in progress, along with a large display of awards from county show competitions. Practising for over 20 years, he has many regular clients in the South West of England, but will produce work for anyone.

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