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Garden Category: South West England Gardens
Evoking nature’s profuse spontaneity, Knoll Garden’s meadow-style drifts
merge almost seamlessly across its 4-acre garden.
From sunny perennial meadows to prairie style and tough easy-care, green
lawn substitutes, the garden provides an abundance of practical planting ideas
in an inspirational environment that also offers a haven for rest and relaxation.
Knoll’s owner, Neil Lucas is the UK’s leading authority on ornamental grasses.
Best-selling author, RHS Council Member and Senior Judge, his guiding
principles are key to the garden?s continuing evolution. Amongst its
framework of rare and unusual trees and shrubs Neil has threaded an
abundance of grasses and flowering perennials to spectacular effect. These
robust planting schemes are all chosen to suit existing growing conditions and
mimic nature, creating thriving low-maintenance plant communities. With
stunning good looks, Neil’s relaxed naturalistic gardening style is also
beneficial to wildlife.
Anyone looking to bring nature into their own garden will find themselves
spoilt for ideas at Knoll. Neil’s Mediterranean-style gravel garden is regularly
featured in the national press: his Sunny Meadow, an adaptation of a
traditional English meadow more suited to smaller English gardens has also
received national interest. It uses plants from Knoll’s own range to create a
mini-meadow producing an amazing amount of flower throughout the season.
Neil planted a new sedge meadow in 2016. Taking his inspiration from the
Californian style, it showcases the pure effects of soft green foliage when seen
en masse whilst the garden as a whole provides the perfect location to see the
plants grown in Knoll’s Chelsea Gold Medal-winning nursery at their best.
Knoll’s event programme includes walks, workshops, plant fairs and
masterclasses and all visitors receive a tree trail, highlighting some of the
rarer specimens within Knoll’s mini-arboretum. Knoll?s Chelsea Gold
Medal-winning nursery sells many of the plants found within the garden.