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'.