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Ulf Nordfjell's modernist 'cottage garden' for The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph Garden, by Swedish landscape architect Ulf Nordfjell, aims to take the traditional cottage garden into the 21st century

Nordfjell, who won the gold medal two years ago with his garden ‘A Tribute to Linnaeus’, said: ‘This year, I wanted to honour British traditions. I thought it would be interesting to mix your heritage of cottage gardening with Scandinavian modernism, and to flirt with the English style.’

‘Cottage gardens are always behind walls and hedges, turning them into secret gardens. This is different to Sweden, where there is a tradition of open spaces as relief from the surrounding forest.’

The garden aims to emphasise ‘natural plant communities and practical considerations of climate and sustainability’, while using the discipline of Swedish modernism and hardwearing Swedish materials, such as granite, steel, glass and timber.

The centrepiece is a conservatory, designed by Lars Rosenberg and composed of three glass cubes, two enclosed and one open-sided, to allow a free flow of indoor and outdoor living.


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