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Flower Design: A Week at Cambo

Flower Design: A Week at the Cambo Estate in Scotland

Christin Geall May 29, 2017

Cultivated, I approached one of my favorite gardens in Scotland with a question: would they have me for a week in late fall—not to work in the garden per se, but rather with it—to create art with plants at the Cambo Estate?

My plan: I would bring in no flowers or vases and design solely with what was in bloom during the last week of October in the estate’s walled gardens and woodlands.

Here’s what I found:

Photography by Christin Geall except where noted.

Cambo Walled Garden in October

Above: The walled garden benefits from a gentle slope, the moderating effect of the North Sea, and the added protection of enclosure.

I knew Cambo from a previous summer visit to Fife and had been impressed by the gardens: 70 acres of woodlands home to an extensive snowdrop collection (complete with a burn babbling out to the North Sea), a meadow planting, and a 2.5-acre Victorian walled garden planted in a modern naturalistic style.

Gardeners Bothy

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