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Wapping Garden


Garden of a 1980s upside down house in Wapping, London, E1W


Inspired by the location of the house in the St Katharine’s and Wapping area of East London, the garden features many sub tropical plants that would have been brought back on ships arriving in Tobacco Dock in the early years of the 19th century. The garden is also bounded on three sides by the Grade II listed former dock walls, while a contemporary extension to the house is reminiscent of a boat shed, further reinforces a connection with the rich nautical history of the area. 


Tree ferns (Dicksonia antartica) and a statuesque Cabbage tree (Cordyline australis) are key features of the planting design which has a predominantly textural and architectural feel, contrasting plants like Hakonechloa macra with ferns and bergenia. Antique pots originating sourced from Lassco are placed randomly in the garden to add additional interest. 

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