Sunday, 29 April 2007

Sorensen’s gardens

Paul Sorensen was a Danish-born landscape designer of great skill and genius. His signature stone walls are found in the best historic gardens of the Blue Mountains.

Photo: Everglades Garden, Leura
View from the Glades across the watercourse

At the Everglades, depression labour was used to help in the massive task of building miles of intricate stone walls and paths curving thoughout a magnificent terraced garden.

Stone walls appear in many mountain gardens, mine included, but there are no walls quite like Sorensen’s. Today we are in awe of the fineness of his work and there is great social cachet for owners of gardens with genuine Sorensen walls and garden design.


Words to walk with:
The Garden
by Ezra Pound
“Like a skein of loose silk blown against a wall
She walks by the railing of a path in Kensington Gardens,
And she is dying piece-meal
of a sort of emotional anemia.

And round about there is a rabble
Of the filthy, sturdy, unkillable infants of the very poor.
They shall inherit the earth.

In her is the end of breeding.
Her boredom is exquisite and excessive.

She would like some one to speak to her,
And is almost afraid that I
will commit that indiscretion”

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