May 01, 2014

the gibberd garden, harlow












Sir Frederick Gibberd was an English architect, town planner and garden designer. He worked on many high profile projects, including London central mosque and Liverpool cathedral. In the 1950's, he was appointed head planner for the new town of Harlow, Essex.

In 1955, he purchased a house on the outskirts of Harlow, later to become the Gibberd Garden. Over the next 30 years he transformed the grounds into a series of garden rooms. Each area has a very different feel, ranging from formal gardens, flower beds and a kitchen garden to more wild woodlands and an arboretum. Gibberd was passionate about sculpture and his garden is dotted with the many sculptures he purchased from contemporary artists of the time, including David Nash, Antanas Brazdys and Jonathan Miller. We took advantage of the sunshine, meandering through the grounds for a couple of hours, ending on the shaded walk alongside the river.

The house was sadly cleared of many of Gibberd's possessions after his death, but has been restored as far as possible to reflect the original style of mid century design. Much of Gibberd's original furniture still in place, alongside his much loved collection of Staffordshire dogs.

Joining in with Annie's 'how does your garden grow'.


14 comments:

  1. I love the little potted history about someone new to me and the images are lovely too x

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  2. Amazing! The garden rooms look wonderful, would be a wonderful place to visit.

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  3. Woah that is some magnificent garden! Love the sculptures too, what a great addition to a garden. It's something I'd love to pluck up the courage to have in mine one day. This looks like such an interesting and inspirational place to visit - heading over to the Gibberd Garden site now to find out more.

    Thanks for sharing this - really interesting x

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  4. Looks like a lovely place to visit. Pretty blossom!

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  5. Beautiful pictures and somewhere I had never heard of before. The sculptures are fantastic.

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  6. how beautiful!! i have always wanted to incorporate more sculpture into our garden. i just haven't found/made anything yet. lovely shots

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  7. Intyeresting details! Love that wood sculpture =) #HDYGG

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  8. I had never heard of the Gibberd Garden before, but it's clearly one that needs I must visit, so thank you for this fascinating post!
    Just looking at those first few photos - if there was ever any doubt about the shere beauty of stalks and branches, it is dispelled!
    Emma :-)

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  9. I have a soft spot for sculpture gardens so this post had me at the first shot!

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  10. Oh my word you'll never believe this but I worked for Frederick Gibberd's architect firm many many moons ago! I was their receptionist for a time - it was my first ever job (I run a marketing & new business consultancy now). My dad also has a couple of staffordshire dogs too.

    The Gibberd Garden looks awesome, I love that first sculpture too. What an incredible place to visit, must have been amazing looking through the rooms :)

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  11. What an interesting and beautiful place to visit! I love the collection of Staffordshire Dogs, I have never seen so many in one place. The garden looks very interesting too. xx

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  12. what a lovely looking Garden and Home!... I love the first piece of art... Beautiful :) #HDYGG

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  13. What a tranquil view from the house. I rather like a couple of those sculptures- off to have a look where this is!

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  14. Love the photo of the white flowers - very pretty #HDYYG

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