The Squares, Parks, and Gardens come in all shapes and sizes and one of the earlier projects we worked on is Handyside Gardens. A contemporary garden for all seasons, planting over 65 different kinds of plants with mixed perennials such as the Hummingbird fushia and Himalayan indigo, interjected with tall erect grasses, lines of hedges and shrubs such as the Purple smoke bush. Beautifully landscaped and designed by Dan Pearson, the raised beds are places to sit with a water rill which meanders through the garden from the children's play area.
Phase 2 of the Handyside Gardens installation commenced back in the summer of 2015 and is now complete. Extending from the original installation, which starts at Handyside Street, the garden now links up with the Regent's Canal. The geometry of the new park reflects the pattern of the railway sidings that once ran through the site, while the planting is inspired by the growth found on railway embankments.
The rail tunnels that run into King’s Cross Station are just 4.5 metres under the garden. This limited the depth of the soil and the number of trees that could be planted. The solution was to plant in raised beds which are framed in corten steel – a material used in the construction of the railways in industrial times.
Our head gardener Des Smith is always around the Kings Cross Development and is happy to offer plant guidance, advice and tips on how to get the best out of your garden at home.