Sarah Price has not only rapidly established herself as one of the most prominent garden designers in Britain, she has swiftly become one of our favourites here at the office as well. Drawing on prior training in fine art and a life-long love of wild and natural environments, her gardens have an immersive quality and are often described as ‘painterly’.
Sarah believes that the best gardens are beautiful places that elevate the senses and inspire deeper connections with the natural world. Her work begins with a sensitivity to the location: climate and ecology, history and culture, of both the site and its wider surroundings. She likes to keep hard landscaping to a minimum and instead uses plant forms for the underlying structure that is essential to the garden’s atmosphere.
She describes her work as ‘gardening in the round’ and believes that rather than offering pre-formulated, static views, gardens should invite active engagement and exploration. Sarah’s landscapes reveal their true character in fleeting moments of infinite variation, brought about by changes of light and season. The ethereal beauty of her garden planting can invoke powerful emotional responses, akin to experiencing the most sensual of natural landscapes.
Sarah designed the Daily Telegraph Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2012 and was awarded a gold medal for her efforts.
Her award winning garden design evoked the beauty and romance of wild places in the British countryside. Perennials, rushes, grasses and meadow flowers grew around an intricate pattern of pools in Chilmark limestone. The copper detailing drew its inspiration from the mineral-rich upland streams and rills of North Wales and Dartmoor. A stepping stone walkway leads the way across an expanse of water to an informal seating area on a group of boulders. At the rear of the garden design, a glade of tall, graceful, multi-stemmed birch trees framed the scene.
Sarah is certainly one to watch in the world of landscape design, and an inspiration to us all here at Ian Barker Gardens.
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