A garden can be similar to the Tardis, as small as a phone booth to the casual observer but encompassing a boundless space with transportive properties. Parts of Keppel Croft Gardens have these qualities as well and it seems to me that the clever use of walls has something to do with it. So, for my last post on these amazing gardens near Big Bay on the eastern coast of the Bruce Peninsula in Southern Ontario, I thought I’d try to capture how Bill and Dawn Loney have done this.
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Part of what looks like an old greenhouse defines a space and creates windows into two worlds, depending on which side of the wall you’re on.
Some walls are extensions of actual buildings but the extended walls are more intriguing. Is that because they tease you with the garden beyond?
A wall extending out from a small storage building makes a small nook that questions inside versus outside.
This wall discreetly separates the public part of the garden from the private spaces.
Some walls at Keppel Croft honour the landscape’s past.
A wall remnant evokes the abandoned farms and churches of Southern Ontario.
Other walls multi-task.
A small wall, seen at the right of the photo, acts as a partial gatepost to the circular Thyme and Lavender garden.
Up close, you can see that the back of the small wall is also a sculpture.
Once you step into the circle, you realize the wall is also a bench.
This wall subtly defines two spaces: a lovely place to sit and grassy fields.
A traditional stone wall, so prevalent in this area, lines a terraced lawn perfect for sitting and taking in the view.
The sweeping view is in striking contrast to the intimate seating area.
What makes a wall a wall? Some times it just takes the suggestion of privacy.
A three-panelled screen acts as a trellis for climbing plants. Once the plants have covered it, the bench will be embraced by living walls.