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Adam Vetere's Garden at Old Camps

The planting at Old Camps creates a seamless transition of verdant tones and textures that harmonise with the surrounding Hampshire countryside.


Season:
Summer


Credits:
GAP Photos/Nicola Stocken - Design: Adam Vetere


Feature No:   3875 

Qty of Images:    72 

 



 
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Synopsis
It is rare for a contemporary garden to merge so readily into an ancient landscape, but the planting at Old Camps creates a seamless transition of verdant tones and textures that harmonise with the surrounding Hampshire countryside. 'The very first time I came down the drive and saw the stupendous view towards Watership Down, I was hooked,' recalls Adam Vetere. He immediately recognised the sunny, south-facing sloping garden as an ideal spot to grow some really interesting plants. 'But any design had to work with the borrowed landscape, without detracting from the view,' he adds. Paying homage to formality, a knot garden and potager lie to the west of the house, whilst to the east there is a cottage garden that, incorporating some of the original roses and phloxes, harks back to the original house. 'This area is a nod to the past,' he concedes. The remainder of the garden has a decidedly contemporary feel, with a bed of exotics more usually found in the sub-tropics, and 26-metre-long twin borders — one filled with drifts of perennials and ornamental grasses, whilst its opposite number is packed with Mediterranean sun-lovers. 'My father is Italian and as a child we holidayed there every other year, so I came to know and love the plants that grow in this region,' Adam notes.

 

 

 
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