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The Extending Space Garden

Designed by Nicole Fischer and Daniel Auderset. The Extending Space garden is inspired by the variety of landscapes found within the protected Pfyn Forest National Park in the Swiss Valais region, which is not only one of Europe’s last remaining large pine forests but also home to one of the most significant anddiverse meadowlands in Switzerland.

The Extending Space Garden

The garden explores the spatial experience found in the forest edge where views are framed and enveloped by trees and shrubs which then recede to offer glimpses of distant wildflower meadows and the river and lake beyond. The hard landscaping in the garden design is used to heighten this overall spatial experience.

The Extending Space Garden

The focal point is a striking Pine pergola which emerges organically from the hedging and uses the widening space between the beams to create an extending perspective.

The Extending Space Garden

There is a variety of planting which highlights the diversity of some of the plant species found in the microclimates of Pfyn Forest National Park, from the pine forest floor through to those on the Rhône flooded wildflower meadows and the warm and dry plains.

Plant list:

Buxus sempervirens arborescens
Pinus mugo 'Mops'
Pinus sylvestris 'Watereri'
Sorbus aria 'Lutescens'
Taxus baccata
Viburnum lantana
Viburnum opulus
Anchusa azurea 'Loddon Royalist'
Anthriscus sylvestris
Aquilegia vulgaris 'William Guiness'
Asplenium trichomanes
Briza media
Campanula persicifolia 'Alba'
Centaurea montana 'Jordy'
Cerastium tomentosum
Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldschleier'
Digitalis lutea
Dryopteris filix-mas
Euphorbia cyparissias 'Fens Ruby'
Fragaria vesca
Geranium phaeum 'Album'
Geranium phaeum 'Lily Lovell'
Geranium sanguineum 'Alba'
Gypsophila repens
Iris germanica 'Jane Philipps'
Iris germanica 'Irish Tune'
Nepeta x faassenii 'Walkers Low'
Polygonatum multiflorum
Polystichum aculeatum
Salvia pratensis 'Rhapsody in Blue'
Stipa tenuissima
Thymus pulegioides 'Aureus'
Verbascum chaixii 'Album'
Verbascum phoeniceum 'Violetta'