St Regis Close in April

Gardening often seems a rather serious business, but a visit to this garden reveals a more playful side found in the juxtaposition of serious and absurd, Bohemian and traditional; in unexpected objects and trompe l’oeuil. Lacking a grand estate to play with, the artist owners Susan Bennett and Earl Hyde express grandiose ideas on a small scale. Hence the miniature Baroque temple and oriental garden. There’s also the mirrored archway that actually leads nowhere, but seems to beckon to a different garden beyond because mirrored reflections can look dissimilar to the original. Mirrors feature throughout the rectangular plot. Roughly equal in area to three tennis courts, the garden is divided into linked ‘rooms’, each featuring unique architectural features built by Earl.

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