Sarah Price's Daily Telegraph Garden
Plan of Sarah Price's Daily Telegraph Garden
“There are boulders in the river jutting out at all different angles and the water is also coming from different angles, dissipating, funnelling, quickening… you feel completely absorbed by this composition of water and rocks; by how beautiful wet damp meadows are in May. We respond to water. It jolts us out of our everyday.” Words and images tumble from Sarah Price as naturally as the streams and plants that she hopes to portray in her “atmospheric damp meadow planting” Her degree in fine art (a ‘first’ ) means that her painterly eye can catch what Stephen Lacey describes as ‘the little differences and special qualities of each species she uses. She talks of the “transparency” of wild valerian with its slender stems of pale pink, scented flowers; the “dark inkiness” of rampion (Phyteuma); and ions the delicate rays of Tragopogon, “a detail I will need to make stand in relief for it to be noticed”. Sarah’s vision is of a place containing very few plants that would find themselves bidden into a normal garden. Its aim, however, is not to make you covet the plants themselves but to think about nature’s sublime compositions and, hopefully, “encourage thoughtful connections with the natural world”. A message, in these recessionary times: that less really can mean more.