Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Work, Rest and Play; Gardens of the Future Will Work as an Office, Gallery and Comfort Zone. Pattie Barron Plans Ahead

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Work, Rest and Play; Gardens of the Future Will Work as an Office, Gallery and Comfort Zone. Pattie Barron Plans Ahead

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Byline: PATTIE BARRON

SIMON'S Garden, created for this year's Chelsea Flower Show by landscape and design company Scenic Blue, is about a fictitious young urban bachelor who clearly does a lot of drinking. A bench made from rusted gabions filled with old wine bottles may not be everybody's idea of sharp seating, but the water wall - nearly 200 bottles, each delivering a constant stream of water - makes a stunning and original feature. You could do this yourself if you happen to have many wine bottles and some sheet steel to hand, but a better bet might be to order a water wall for about [pounds sterling]3,000 from Scenic Blue.

Call 01795 533266; or visit www.scenicblue.co.uk.

Slate featured large at the show, and never larger than on The Philosophical Garden, where dry- stone waller Andrew Loudon created the ultimate philosopher's stone. Made from Westmorland Green slate and measuring 4ft across, the beautifully crafted sphere took Loudon nearly two weeks to make.

The truly clever touch is the impression of the sphere created in the adjacent wall. If you would like to add a similar slate sphere to nestle in the border among the euphorbia and pink persicaria, expect to pay in the region of [pounds sterling]8,000. And if you want a similarly recessed slate wall, expect another [pounds sterling]2,000 to be added to the bill. To commission Andrew Loudon, or for more information, call 01539 441985; or visit www.

drystonewalling.co.uk.

If you run out of living-room wall to hang your favourite photographs, you can always take them outside, and hang them on the patio wall. The garden as gallery is the notion of Philip Nixon and Marcus Barnett, who chose a sleek floor of waxed concrete and walls of horizontal corrugated steel.

Patrick Lichfield's portraits of Mick Jagger and his first wife, Bianca, Charlie Chaplin and other luminaries are wall-mounted in glass panels that can be back-lit for thrilling after-dark viewings.

Nixon and Barnett will be delighted to convert a patio wall to similar gallery status for about [pounds sterling]7,000, provided you supply the snaps; expect to pay rather more if you would like a few of Lord Lichfield's. …

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