English Flower Garden
This garden is inspired by gardens associated with the Arts & Crafts Design Movement of 1880-1910, which grew out of a concern about the effects of industrialisation on traditional crafts. The English Flower Garden is based on the designs of Gertrude Jekyll and Edwin Lutyens.
Unlike earlier Victorian gardens in which the plants were displayed in a very artificial manner, Arts & Crafts designers paid more attention to creating a natural-looking planting scheme. They took the emphasis off individual plants and instead placed it on the whole garden as an artistic composition. The planting scheme was often designed according to laws of colour association and set within a formal framework of hard landscaping that unified the garden.
These gardens were high maintenance so they were owned only by individuals who could afford a large gardening staff. The advent of the First World War and subsequent changes in the social order led to the demise of these 'Gardens of a Golden Afternoon'.