Published on August 22, 2014
The distinct and varied microclimates within the Pfyn Forest region offer a diverse range of plant species which are subtly re ected within the show garden’s planting scheme, from the Pine forests shrubs and trees through to the Rhône ooded wild ower meadows and warm grass plains. Nicole and Daniel aim to highlight the beauty and versatility of the species and show how effectively they can be used in gardens of any scale, while raising awareness of the decline of pine across warmer parts of Europe. Species of pine featured in the garden include Pinus sylvestris ‘Watereri’ and Pinus mugo ‘Mops’ . The hard landscaping in the garden is used to heighten the overall spatial experience. The focal point being a striking Pine pergola which emerges organically from the hedging, with the widening space between its beams framing the extending space. The careful placement of the Swiss granite paving and the copper panelling also play with scale. While the delicate texture introduced on the copper panelling evokes morning mist winding through the pine forest. the extending space ‘the extending space’ conceptual garden is inspired by the variety of landscapes found within the protected Pfyn Forest National Park in the Swiss Valais region. It is not only one of Europe’s last remaining large pine forests but also home to one of the most signi cant and diverse meadowlands in Switzerland. By cleverly exploring the three dimensions of the small 10mx10m garden, Nicole and Daniel show how the spirit of a large and varied landscape in the Swiss Valais can be captured within a contemporary and minimalist design. The garden aims to provide the spatial experience that could be found at a forest edge where views are framed and enveloped by large pine trees and shrubs, which recede to offer glimpses of wider open meadows, rivers and lakes beyond.