I am currently a student at Sparsholt College Hampshire and studying for my BSc Garden Design.
I am just getting stuck into my dissertation and I'm hoping I can get some valuable views and feedback from you all about my topic area.
So my topic area is....
Why restore gardens? And what impact does restoring gardens have on the history of garden design and the potential future of garden design?
Any views are valied and welcome, look forward to the debate...
Maybe contact the National Trust
May I suggest a visit to 'The Lost Gardens of Heligan' as a starting point. You'll see before and after photo's of the restoration that went on there. I am sure there must be other gardens but this one sprang to mind. I also think you need to visit National Trust Gardens, RHS Gardens etc to explore the perennial debate about keeping gardens the way they were/have always been, and/or moving them forward with different/modern/contemporary planting schemes/sculptures etc.
Having been to many 'gardens' designed by garden designers I have still to make my mind up about this issue. I like modern plants but also like the traditional English Rose Garden and Kitchen Gardens.
As to the future of garden design.. who knows.. Here in the South East as you may know.. building new houses seems to take place anywhere and everywhere with ever diminishing garden sizes. Lots of open space is being built on...and then of course there is Climate Change.. if you believe in it???
Does anyone feel as if the current demand for garden restoration project will jepordise the future of garden design?
Why dont we use these sites so that todays top designers can stamp there mark for the current period were in, instead of continuesly harking back to the past?
In 50 to 100 years what will be in the history books for garden design for this era?
Has Chelsea, Hampton Court etc become the only place that the top designers can showcase there skills, shouldn't they be given the chance to showcase this skills permenantly on a large, estat scale?
Gardens in the past have been knocked down and recreated by the current designer of the day (Lancelot Brown, William Kent etc), why have we now decided to stop progress and keep recreating old gardens?
Some interesting questions, what do you all think....
With regards to to new designers building on a large scale the idea is unfortuanlly dimminshing as the cost of landscaping is so high and the upkeep is on many occasion even greater. The demand for large gardens is only reserved for the rich and famous.