Pelham Crescent by Luciano Giubbilei

The garden at Pelham Crescent in London was designed by Luciano Giubbilei in 2004. The brief was to link the newly refurbished house with the recently built garage at the far end of the existing garden. Luciano emphasised the link between the house and garden with his use of scale and proportion. A seating and dining area was created at the far end of the garden, under an elegant wooden pavilion. A water feature, made from soft-honed Acero limestone, divides the garden and adds linear structure. It was designed by water specialist Andrew Yewing. Limestone gravel is preferred to grass,…

Twisted pine tree inspiration

As a gardener I have a certain amount of control in the way plants grow. Take apple trees for instance. From year one they are pruned and shaped with the intention of producing the highest yield of apples as well as looking good in their garden location. But when nature takes over this can produce some dramatic and often beautiful effects. I visited Stratford-upon-Avon this weekend and on a walk through the graveyard surrounding the Church of the Holy Trinity, location of Shakespeare’s grave, an old twisted pine tree caught my eye. I love this tree for the dramatic, twisted…