A Garden for Otium at Holker 2011

Designed by Andrew Loudon and Janine Crimmins, “A Garden for Otium” was awarded Large Gold at the Holker Garden Festival 2011.

A Garden for Otium

A relaxing secluded retreat

The Latin word “Otium” refers to a state of mind induced by relaxation, which allows the ability to forget the pressures of Everyday life.  The garden has been designed to be a refuge in which to achieve Otium.


Local materials and plants are used throughout with planting designed to thrive in a Cumbrian setting.

Two interlocking circles form the shape of the garden with a spherical water feature in the first circle surrounded by a soft planting scheme of blue and white summer flowers.  Nepeta, Campanula and grasses give movement and attract local bees.

The second circle is surrounded by a dry stone wall with a wooden bench seat curving around the inside.  Planting is naturalistic and tranquil using cream foxgloves with hostas and ferns underneath the seating.

Andrew and Janine are multi-award winners in their respective fields of dry stone walling and garden design.

Plant list (To follow soon)

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More Information

Andrew Loudon – DSWA Master Craftsman of dry stone walling

Janine Crimmins Garden Design

Holker Garden Festival – An overview

Holker 2011 Show Garden awards

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