Sponsored by Cheshire Gardens Trust to publicise their research work on the historic Caldwell’s Nursery, once based in Knutsford. Legend has King Canute founding Knutsford and his image was Caldwell’s logo.
The garden design is based on the golden ratio, a natural proportion that featured in landscape design during the C18 when Caldwell’s Nursery was established. A spiral path symbolises the swirling sea of Canute’s legend and the receding tide of memory. A sculpture of King Canute, created by artist Christine Wilcox-Baker, looks across to a contemporary oak bench by Chris Nangle and ‘rockpool’ ceramic bowl by Gordon Cooke. Planting on the enclosing bank reflects the coastal setting, with delicate flowers of blues and whites giving soft, flowing movement in the centre.