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Architectural Salvation

The Wrecker’s Trash could become a Gardener’s Treasure!

There aren’t nearly enough bits of high-class rubble in the World to suit us, and so anytime we manage to scour up several hundred pounds of beautiful building fragments, we are delighted.

Discarded metal window frames can be used to create new views within a garden. An antique plaque can add unique charm to an ivy-covered wall. The vestiges of a cornice, a length of windowsill, or the remains of a marble doorway surround: all of these character-rich survivors from a past time, when buildings were made to LAST, can be re-purposed to embellish our gardens, in unusual ways.

In the Great Comp Garden, located in Kent, England, we see masterful demonstrations of the ways in which scraps from demolished buildings can be used to create outdoor follies that surprise and delight.  In 1976, Roderick and Joy Cameron began to build the garden’s “Ruins,” as they called them, using ironstone they’d dug on their property. Their stoneworks were then ornamented with a vast assortment of architectural fragments.

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