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Colo[u]red memories

The purple border at Haspen House Gardens via Gardens Illustrated. Photo by Clive Nichols.

Several years ago, I read an article in Garden Design magazine about Nori and Sandra Pope and the garden they had created at Hadspen House in England.  Surrounding a large vegetable garden was a series of single-color flower borders, 3-4 ft. deep. “Dark red violets change to magenta then into crimsons, scarlets, oranges and yellows.” It was remarkable.

In 2005, the Popes gave up their lease on the garden land and returned to their home country of Canada.  Then the owner bulldozed it. There was a design competition to replace it, but it never really came to anything.

The beautiful garden is gone, but garden writer Noel Kingsbury and designer Daniela Gray, in collaboration with the Garden Museum ,have recently created the Haspen Garden Online Archive. They are asking all photographers who have images of the garden to contribute.


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