The Queen's College, Oxford

A new auditorium built at the Queen's College necessitated a complete redesign of the planting for the two quads. The gardens are used by staff and students and are also viewed from the college and by visitors to the auditorium.

Colour, drama, structure and seasonal interest are important elements of the design, together with the need to encourage birdlife and bees into the garden. The perennials are chosen for their long flowering seasons and their winter interest. Many of the seedheads of the flowers and grasses remain during the winter as sculptural elements to the garden and providing seeds for birds.

Clipped yew and box hedges give structure to the design and contrast with the more ephemeral perennials and grasses. New trees with autumn berries are also a key element of the design.