Hauser and Wirth, the terribly hip London modern art gallery, set up its Somerset ‘place in the country’ about 2 years ago. Last year I had a couple of very tasty lunches at the super-chilled and humming Roth Bar but I had never ventured into the garden…
We took the Nice Man there for supper last night and enjoyed the fantastic music provided by DJ Lionel Richtea. On the way out, peering over the locked garden gate, I said that we must come back again in the morning to take a proper look round. My daughter rolled her eyes.
The garden has been designed by Piet Oudolf, the celebrated Dutch designer who plants in vast drifting currents, swaying and bobbing with effervescent floatiness. A Caribbean for bees.
It is the first time I’ve seen one of his gardens in the flesh, and the oceanic scale is key to his style. I wonder how elements could translate into a small garden like mine? (Look at the Hauser and Wirth website for all-year-round inspiring images.)
Just as exciting for me was the vegetable garden at the entrance, a series of beautiful raised beds made with chunky sleepers, and bursting with unusual vegetables and herbs and some very impressively buxom squashes.
Most Gallery images courtesy of rolling-eyed daughter