Some of you may have followed my posts and photos for this garden for St James's church, Piccadilly that I have redesigned as an Olympic legacy project for one of the games' major sponsors. I was very pleased last week to see the Narcissus in full bloom and the perennials beginning to show. It's looking even better than I had imagined for this early stage and I'm looking forward to seeing it develop over the coming year. Once the climbing plants cover the trellis work and the shrubs mature it will help the space become more of an oasis in this very busy part of London. I hope as they sip champagne the sponsor's Olympic guests appreciate the hard work from all the UPS volunteers who helped rebuild the garden with Landform Consultants as the main landscapers.
I have more info, design images and before/after photos on my website...
or feel free to visit the garden in person if you're in the area. It's behind St James's market/churchyard which is off Piccadilly, half way between Picc. Circus and Fortnum's. As you go up the steps around the Southwood Fountain you can see that 99% of the borders have been replanted (not including the enormous Plane trees), some brick walled alcoves been built, the lawn relaid with RTF turf and new fencing and trellis erected. There's still a few jobs to complete (new gates and benches) and budgets haven't stretched to new paving, but it's mostly 'there' and the difference in atmosphere has been dramatic, feeling much more open and welcoming.
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