Rill Gardens were traditionally used in the earliest garden designs. Pasargadae in Iran has one of the earliest from C6 BC and the Alhambra in Granada has some of the best known. Usually a linear design inset into paving and lined with stone or tiles, they often form a geometric design and have fountains and flowing water.
Designing our Rill Garden
Our Rill Garden was designed with help from Lizzie Tulip in 2008 inside a rectangle formed from hedges of hornbeam and beech. Very little planting space, several different coloured gravels and the gentle sound of water make this a wonderfully peaceful garden very different from the exuberance elsewhere. It has also provided a perfect back drop for a series of sculptures over the years, most recently by Helen Sinclair.
The slideshow below shows the progress from clearing the rectangle of space, through lining the ponds, adding the waterfall and finally the minimalistic planting.