House Beautiful Magazine - August 2019
‘A fantastic light-filled family kitchen’ - OK, its not a garden, but have a look at an interior we designed in London!
Real Homes Magazine - July 2019
‘Packed with perennials for sun or shade', this low-maintenance garden is a plant lover’s dream - and a great family entertaining space’ - See Brents private garden in the July issue of Real Homes.
Waitrose Weekend Magazine with Alan Titchmarsh - May 2019
‘The first major outdoor gardening show of the year, RHS Flower Show Cardiff, took place recently. And, with recycling on everyones minds these days, one of the star attractions was the Regeneration Gardens - all designed by recently graduated landscape architects and garden designers who were asked to create spaces with reusable materials. A favourite of mine was 37 year old Brent Purtell, a first time designer from Surrey who created The Xardin Urban Gallery, to revitalise an inner-city space.
Inspired by the abstract art of Agnes Martin and Ben Nicholson, as well as by Japanese rock gardens, the idea was to provide an attractive space where street artists are encouraged to display creativity. A central pool, lit by dappled light coming through evergreen foliage, was surrounded by art displayed on perimeter walls. The overall effect was unexpectedly calming.
‘At least 80% of the garden was made using recycled material’, says Brent, ‘including concrete in the gabion cages around the steely-grey eucalyptus trees and at the four corners of the garden, which worked well with the feel of a Japanese rock garden. At the back of the pool there was a lump of concrete rubble, still with steel reinforcement bars poking out - the core was drilled out to turn it into a water feature. I flicked paint over my initial drawing to get the positioning of the planting in the water, and the street art was done by three students at Cardiff Metropolitan University, who worked on one wall each - it was great to be able to get local students involved’.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if forgotten corners of urban areas could have this much thought in their regeneration?
Congratulations to Brent Purtell for a thought provoking garden design.’