Anne Hamilton's Garden - Bloom Festival 2011
The Orb - A space for celebration Link to Video (by www.OneProductions.com)
Originally inspired by Chinese lanterns, this striking garden makes a wonderful framework for celebrations. Loosely grouped circles interleave social spaces, features and planting.
The first curve of hedging floats through water; stepping-stones lead into the main garden. To the right, a Kilkenny limestone circle with a hand crafted stone barbecue.
To the left, a lustrous copper beech (Fagus sylvatica riversii) and the Orb. The bowed uprights of this lantern-like structure are of native Larch, coaxed into curves by a West Cork boatyard. It offers secluded seating, while the structure creates enticing patterns of light and gives glimpses of the surrounding herbaceous planting.
In the background, the pale leaves of a Tulip tree (Liriodendron Tulipifera) catch and reflect the light.