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On the opposite side of the roundabout is a grass-covered hill and trellised vines. With simple iron arches, the designer has created a focal point and a showstopping climbing apparatus.
Elsewhere in the gardens, climbing paths are made from a combination of blacktop and stone. The steps are wide and long, creating more of a strolling walkway that happens to ascend, rather than a staircase. The slow pace allows visitors to look around the woodland garden while gently climbing the hill.
I visited the gardens at the height of springtime, so many of the paths were covered with blossoms from the surrounding trees.
When you are planting pathways, consider the possible droppings from the plantings. Fruit-bearing bushes, for example, might drop jewel-colored, juicy fruits all over your walkways in summer. In contrast, a simple yew will hold its needles through the winter and create very little mess.