Architectural fence designer Stark & Greensmith has unveiled a new laser-cut garden screen range boasting designs inspired by 17th century illustrations from the RHS Lindley Library.
Called the Parterre range, it is made up of four decorative panels. Available in both full-height (1.78m H x 1.19m W) and balustrade (0.93m H x 1.48m W) panels, and in two finishes – corten steel and grey-hued powder-coated aluminium – the RHS-endorsed screens can be used as boundary fencing and on terraces or decking to create a dining or seating area.
The latest offering can also act as solar shading in pergolas, for screening in the garden, or formally as garden dividers to create ‘rooms’.
A parterre is a level space in a garden occupied by an ornamental arrangement of flowerbeds, and engravings of knot gardens and parterres have been referenced in the new panel designs by Stark & Greensmith’s creative director, Martine Le Gassick. The engravings have been adapted from The English Gardner, a practical guide to gardening by Leonard Meager (c1624 - c1704), which was first published in London in 1688.
To mark the collaboration, panels from the Parterre range have been installed in the outdoor café area at RHS Garden Wisley. Stark & Greensmith panels have also appeared in award-winning gardens at the RHS Chelsea, RHS Hampton Court Palace and RHS Harlow Carr Flower Shows, as well as the RHS Malvern Spring Festival.
“We’re delighted to have collaborated with the RHS for this set of elegant screens which will enhance any garden, however big or small,” said Martine Le Gassick, creative director, Stark & Greensmith.
“The timelessness of these illustrations of knot gardens and parterres translates beautifully to modern screen formats, while their antiquity lends an unmistakeable sense of history and tradition.”
Shereen Llewellin, licensing executive, RHS, added: “These superb Stark & Greensmith designs brilliantly adapt 17th-century illustration to state-of-the art screens. These are the first high-end garden screens endorsed by the RHS and the result has been amazing, perfectly uniting style, quality and function.”
The garden screen range is available for pre-order now for delivery from August, and will be available at a wide range of retailers, from specialist nurseries to online garden retailers.