|Canada Blooms 2016 may be over, but my mind keeps returning to this show garden from Jacob’s Gardenscape. I don’t know which criteria earned it the Most Innovative Garden award, but the gabion fences were really interesting.|
If you’ve spent time on the trails along Toronto’s Don or Humber rivers, you’ve probably noticed the original purpose for gabions. Typically, these big, galvanized-wire-caged boxes filled with hunks of stone offer a cheap and effective way to shore up slopes and prevent erosion.
Recently, though, landscape designers have recognized their utility and even their style in the garden. I’ve seen them elegantly curved as low retaining walls, or capped with glass for tables or with wood for benches. And the big hunks of stone have become more refined. I’ve even seen them replaced with colourful wine bottles. Let’s look at some of the ways they were used by Jacob’s Gardenscape.
|Jacob’s trimmed theirs to roughly the thickness of a glossy design magazine, and the fill is mostly pea gravel. But how do you like that central strip? It sparkles slightly as you walk past and, lit from behind, it glows.|
|The translucent material is crushed glass which, from the cube-shaped shards, must be safety glass. Two different-size wire grids sandwiching it all in place add their patterns to the mix. Probably, they also helped keep those lines perfectly level.|