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Througham Court Gardens

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Througham Court is Christine Facer Hoffman's own garden hidden away in a beautiful, remote and unspoilt Cotswold Hills valley. It is used as a personal ‘laboratory’ to experiment with new ideas, materials and planting combinations. Developed since 2000, new contemporary areas have been carefully shoehorned into an existing 1930’s Arts and Crafts landscaping designed by the Cotswold architect, Norman Jewson featuring magnificent yew topiary shapes and dry stone wall terracing.

The new garden areas or ‘fragments’ are inspired by contemporary scientific facts and theories and mathematical number sequences found in nature that are used symbolically and metaphorically. It is perceived as a garden to be ‘read’. There is the Cosmic Evolution Garden (influenced by Lord Martin Rees’s book ‘Just Six Numbers’) containing stone cosmic spheres and an Eclipse Shadow Bed with Cosmic Planting; Fibonacci’s Walk in the meadow; Pico Mound with ornamental grasses; Black Bamboo Maze, and much more. We have designed several structures for the garden: the Black Hole Seat; Entrance into Chaos Gate (based on the mathematical Chaos Theory); Molecule Seat; Fibonacci Jumps and Energies Cascade.

The Cotswold landscape is borrowed both physically and visually. A perennial planted mound creates a dramatic haze of colour with the juxtaposition of plants into startling and subtle groupings. Chiral Terrace is a recent addition as is the Anatomy of the Black Swan Gate, a recent entrance gate to the garden. A renovated barn with a vast glass gable end window overlooks the peaceful valley and the new ‘Rusty Border’ warm brown/orange/red/blue planting changing with the seasons.

Featured in HTV West and Discovery channel, in the RHS The Garden magazine (July 2008), the Sunday Times (17th August 2008) in BBC2 TV ‘Alan Titchmarsh’s Gardens Secrets’ (BBC2 TV, 9th November 2010) and Austrian TV: Englands Schonste Garten 2014. Througham Court garden has a 2* rating in the Good Gardens Guide and is a recommended garden in the RHS Garden Finder.

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