The theme for The Wasteland was very much inspired by Kate's personal experiences working in and around London. There are many unloved spaces in towns and cities that can be renovated to create havens for wildlife and people. We do not need to demolish these areas to create new spaces as long as existing structures are made safe.
The Wasteland has been created on one such unused piece of ground, an abandoned water pumping works. Some of the waste from the site’s industrial past is re-used within the garden (including the headwall, storm drain, corrugated steel panels, old timber and crazy paving for flooring). Although old, these materials are given a new lease of life when re-worked into a modern garden that is designed for communal use.
The garden is part of a larger development, but this particular section offers a sense of privacy; there are spaces to sit and relax under the canopy of trees, enveloped by small shrubs and pretty perennials, with the sound of water gently burbling in the background.
Plants have been selected in some part for their naturalising qualities and to soften a hardscape in shades of grey. Lush green ferny foliage and bold leaf shapes cast shadows against dull concrete and metal while warmth is achieved by selected planting in blue and rich deep red. The garden is intended in the main as a late spring garden which would be quieter later in the year as natural water availability dries up.
The wasteland is currently a self-sponsored garden however interested parties are welcome to contact Kate Gould Gardens to discuss sponsorship opportunities. Anyone interested in recycling, regeneration or redevelopment may find the garden an ideal platform for their brand messaging.
Acer palmatum 'Dissectum Viridis'
Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Ruby Port'
Cornua 'Midwinter Fire'
Cornus controversa 'Variegata'
Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata'
Digitalis x mertonensis
Epimedium x youngianum 'Niveum'
Euonymus alatus 'Compactus'
Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Robbiae',
Geranium phaeum var. phaeum 'Samobor'
Helleborus x hybridus 'Harvington Lime'
Hesperis matronalis ver. albiflora
Hosta 'Royal Standard'
Iris sibirica 'Dulas'
Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra'
Paeonia 'Krinkled White'
Persicaria microcephala 'Red Dragon'
Primula japonica 'Miller's Crimson'
Rhododendron 'Albert Schweitzer'
Rodgersia 'Chocolate Wings'
Viburnum plicatum 'Mariesii'
Vinca minor 'Gertrude Jekyll'