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Like a well designed book the garden at Broadwoodside in East Lothian, 20 miles east of Edinburgh, is shaped with pleasing clarity.


GAP Photos/Carole Drake

Feature No:   4274 

Qty of Images:    77 


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Stone margins frame the clipped panels of ivy that clad the walls like white paper around blocks of text on a page; pots are arranged with the precision of footnotes. When Robert and Anna Dalrymple bought Broadwoodside in 1998 it was a collection of mostly derelict buildings set in a sea of mud. Now it is home to a renowned garden, the collaborative effort of three people: Robert, a graphic designer, Anna and gardener Guy Donaldson who has worked with the couple since 1999. Its layout was largely determined by the footprint of existing buildings and the long, relatively narrow piece of ground they occupy. 'The planting was simply an exercise in colouring-in', says Robert. Playful text features throughout: 'Going to the dogs' is inscribed on the gate posts leading to the dogs' graveyard and the words rose, bay, willow and herb are carved into individual wooden roundels. There are many salvaged objects too: a finial from the old Holyrood Brewery in Edinburgh and flagstones from an Arbroath mill. Robert's bold design, Anna's eye for colour and Guy's expertise combine to make Broadwoodside a serious garden that refuses to take itself too seriously.



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