Bloom Wild: The Dream Gardens Bloom Special
Welcome to the fourth issue of the w|ėMAGAZINE which aims to bring you wildly beautiful inspiration and joy straight yo your inbox the first Sunday of every month. This month to coincide with Bloom in the Park 2021 which is happening virtually again we have a super exciting special in store for you. In our editorial feature we look at what it means to design dream gardens and how to make design truly about you and your passions and joys. We also have seven exciting designer Dream Gardens from some incredible designers at this years Bloom festival which focus on different orientations and climatic conditions… there is a garden idea for everyone and it’s jam packed full of inspiration, planting scheme ideas and easy to follow ideas. And last but not least we add some fun wild living recommendations for you to add to your lives everyday to the magazine throughout the month of June. Let’s go Bloom 🌿
EDITORIAL : DREAM GARDENS by Leonie Cornelius
“Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are”
Alfred Austin’s very apt quote is a wonderful starting point to consider when thinking about your garden and how you imagine it in the future. Gardens are intensely personal places and this year’s Bloom festival sadly once again being forced to move online has me thinking about the importance of these spaces in our everyday more than ever . These spaces are, much like our homes, where our lives unfold on a day to day basis. Realistically, more often than not however, how our garden looks now has little to do with the dream we have of our perfect garden.
There is however a step before the practicals that often gets forgotten about, or sometimes treated as a sideline in garden design. This is you. The question of who you are.
Think about this: what are your passions, your everyday pleasures, your style, your likes? What do you see yourself doing in your garden space? And then most of all, what are your garden dreams? At this stage I would ask you to imagine the most beautiful garden space you have ever been in and try and consider what made it so special to you? Perhaps it was a garden on holidays which made you feel free and easy and lovely? Or maybe it was your granny’s wild garden, overflowing with playful colour? The again maybe it was a public garden space, for example the Alhambra gardens in Andalusia in Spain with all its perfection and symmetries that stayed with you until now.
Whatever the space, this can become your dream garden inspiration and form the backbone of your design choices for the garden.
When it comes to planning designs for our lives, our initial efforts are often put into creating the best and most beautiful homes for us to live in. We tend to think from the inside out and there is a good reason for this as our homes are the places where we spend most of our time. Gardens on the other hand, are more often than not secondary spaces that are dealt with after the home design is complete. This makes sense in one way in that it is good to live with your garden for a while and get to know it before we make design decisions. On the other hand, there is plenty to be said for considering our garden an integral part of the design process with the home. Vital connections between the inside and the outside can be considered at the home build stage and many architects now like to work collaboratively with garden designers to make sure the inside is reflected in the outside and vice versa.
Your everyday Dreams
Choose well, design passionately
Leonie Cornelius is an award winning garden designer and interior architect and author of the bestselling Book Dream Gardens
SPECIAL FEATURE : Dream Gardens at Bloom
In this month’s issue we feature the Easy Steps to Dream Gardens is a new initiative by Bloom by Bord Bia designed to help you plant your own show garden at home. Bord Bia has worked with seven talented Bloom award-winning show garden designers to create garden design templates that you can download exclusively from the Bloom website. Each garden design in the series comes with an easy-to-follow planting plan and detailed planting list that can be implemented in your garden according to your available time, space and budget.
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