~ Boxed Moorcroft Prestige Range Kensington Rooftop Gardens Vase ~
Modern houses appear to be pretty much the same as those designed a few decades before – smaller budgets necessitate smaller rooms but larger budgets can still buy more surface area. That said, what most certainly has suffered in our buying options is the size of gardens today – our ambitions for large gardens have been closed by builders wishing to cram as many houses into as small a space as possible with the allure of beautifully decorated showroom homes. So our generation has a challenge – to create amazing spaces outside the home in the smallest of corners. One of their designers, Paul Hilditch, used Moorcroft art to draw attention to what can be achieved in a rooftop garden.
Undetectable from Kensington High Street, a hidden grade-II-listed garden steeped in sumptuous structures, luscious plants and glamourous finishing-touches overlooks the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. A Spanish Garden, a Tudor Garden and an English Woodland make the trio of themes which form this Rooftop Paradise and within these three spaces, you can lose yourself in the depths of your imagination. Nowhere else in the world will you find Mediterranean plants, old English bricks and woodland trees, crocuses, muscari, snowdrops and flamingos- all upon a roof. By expertly encapsulating this garden haven into clay, Paul has pulled an extraordinary London quirk into an artistic apparition, visible from within three ornate arches.
Perhaps the future of Moorcroft is not to ‘bring the outside in’ as it would have done when the heritage pottery was formed at the height of the Arts and Crafts movement but to encourage the beauty of the natural world to be born again outside through beautiful renditions of a time gone by. The Moorcroft Design Studio’s access to the RHS Lindley Collection, the largest and most comprehensive gardening library in the world, is a fine example of how to create the breathtakingly beautiful by viewing historic masters. The sheer beauty of illustrations from the likes of Mary Lawrence’s (1794 -1830) Selection of Roses From Nature, which was one of the first books solely dedicated to roses, and one single copy of which can reach £120,000 on the secondary market, and the work of Pierre Joseph Redoute, who painted most of the roses from Empress Josephine’s garden at Malmaison from 1817 to 1824. The RHS Rose Bouquet collection may encourage some to plant to gardens of old in their little patch of green. In truth, Moorcroft art shows an appreciation of creation portrayed through many avenues, both past and present, and we hope that they will continue to do so for many years to come.