Beryl Ivey Knot Garden

By | Themed Gardens | November 29, 2011 | No comments

Knot gardens demonstrate the formal art of pruning and shaping plants in a defined garden space.  They first appeared in English, French and Italian gardens in the sixteenth century. This unique knot garden offers an abstract contemporary twist to the structured and geometric traditional knot garden design. Deciduous, broadleaf and evergreen hedges have been combined in a variety of heights and shapes, punctuated by pyramidal and fastigiated (clusters of parallel and erect branches) forms.  Planted within the hedging are plants that are white-flowering or silver-foliaged.  There are also selections of white-variegated leaved plants.

The plants selected can withstand rigorous and regular pruning and shaping.  The form, colour and texture of the hedges define the structure of the garden and provide year round interest long after the perennials have finished blooming.

The Knot Garden can be viewed from the top of the Spiral Mound.

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Aldona Satterthwaite about the author: Aldona Satterthwaite

Aldona Satterthwaite started gardening as a child and has never stopped. Until recently, she was the executive director of Toronto Botanical Garden. Previously, Aldona was editor-in-chief of Canadian Gardening magazine, which during her eight-year tenure was twice named Magazine of the Year (large circulation category) by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors. In 2007, she was co-named Editor of the Year. Aldona, who’s a Master Gardener, completed her journalism studies at the Regent Street Polytechnic (now Westminster University) in London, England and studied landscape architecture at Ryerson University. She’s enjoyed a varied and successful writing and editing career that has spanned magazines, advertising and the museum world, and has included stints as Director of Writing Services at The Museum of Modern Art, New York and as manager of creative services at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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