Words by Garden Festival Organisers
The first plants have taken to soil in three sites around St Austell this week as the first phase of The Austell Project’s Garden Route takes shape.
The Garden Route is a collective of mini-gardens, landscapes, roadside verges and roundabouts which geographically form a ring road of gateways into St Austell. Sites along the route are set to house new horticulture installations including perennial wildflowers, silver birch trees and newly commissioned art sculptures as work continues throughout 2020.
Planting at three of the sites began on Monday (Feb 3rd 2020) with the introduction of three magnolia trees at the junction of Porthpean and Duporth roads, a row of Ginko trees along a grass verge leading toward Penrice and six Honey Locust and Cockspur Thorn trees join 28 hydrangeas plants on the grass area adjoining Charlestown Road and Holmbush Road (this site will also benefit from five new public benches expected to be installed in the coming weeks).
These flora and fauna were especially chosen by local garden designer Darren Hawkes, on behalf of the Austell Project, to enhance the landscape. They were also handpicked as they’ll offer a beautiful blaze of colour, even after the summer, as Autumn arrives. Ginkgo and Honey Locust tree’s turn a bright yellow, whilst Cockspur Thorn’s leafs turn a deep red colour and its branches peppered with berries as the summer season fades.