Monday, November 19, 2012

Glenwood Masonic Hospital Gardens

Lancewoods and mini toitoi (Chionochloa flavicans) in C4
I have just taken a heap of garden photos at Glenwood Masonic Hospital, and updated the page (see right hand column). After more than 2 years, it is so exciting to compare photos of the fresh planting, with how the gardens have evolved and developed to today. We are lucky to still do the garden maintenance there, too, which has meant I can train vines, and add plants etc to keep things in line with my original design intent. This has been such a fulfilling garden to develop. The private courtyards remain my favourite areas, with all four having a different planting and colour theme. Keeps things more interesting than all the same formula!!

Courtyard Four - NZ native theme, with mostly foliage contrasts and bird attracting plants, rather than lots of flower colour. This garden has really filled in, helping create a secluded garden environment. The feeling is more tranquil than the other three more colourful courtyards.

Courtyard Three (below) - lots of pinks, purples and white for flower colour. Some of the original plants from the old Glenwood site were transplanted into this courtyard, including these paeonies, and also some Memorial Iceberg Roses.

Below, one of the seating areas alongside the public footpath that will eventually be screened from the street by a hornbeam hedge and the dark Physocarpus 'Shady Lady' shrubs seen here on the left.

Courtyard One (below) - dark red foliage, with mostly scarlet and white flowers, make this quite different from the other three courtyards. All the courtyards have trees within them that will help soften the stark concrete walls.

Alstromeria and Geum
 Courtyard Two (below) lots of purples, blues and yellows
Rhododendron 'Bumblebee' looks fantastic with yellow!

Yellow, blue and purple in mid spring, C2

Screen planting to diffuse the effect of so much concrete (below)
Screening of vehicles is starting to happen

Car park gardens have filled in nicely after 2+ years

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