London Olympic Park offers landscaping beauty
I’ve been totally caught up in the Olympic frenzy this year. Having always loved the sporting occasion, I was excited to see the Games come to London. However, I was annoyed when I didn’t get tickets and became very frustrated about the whole event. Then, Mary managed to get me a ticket and I was once again enthused.
Us Brits are exceptionally good at looking down upon ourselves. At thinking that we couldn’t possibly accomplish the feats of other nations. We seem to prepare ourselves for the worst outcome before it happens; ‘the Games will be crap‘, ‘transport won’t work‘, ‘we won’t win anything‘. Then, we surprised ourselves and threw an incredible Olympics, won more than we ever had, and the Olympic Park…wow!
Why am I talking about the Olympics on a gardening blog? Because not only were the sporting venues well thought out, but the landscaping was too. I had heard about the wildflower meadows in the park, but hadn’t realised just however beautiful the Olympic landscaping would be. Winding their way like ribbons of colour by the Stadium, the Aquatic Centre, the concrete helter-skelter *ahem* piece of Orbit artwork, the colourful borders of planting are amazing.
Making the perfect place to meander alongside the beautifully restored River Lea, the borders have been crammed with planting. There aren’t only wildflower meadows here, but carefully thought out planting with echinacea, rudbekia and agapanthus throwing bursts of colour into the air. Tree lined lawned areas are the ideal place to stop and have a snack, whilst the Park Live where the giant screen hangs above the water is a stunning feat of genius for those creating an outside and landscaped amphitheatre.
I came away from the park being blown away by the level of detail that LOCOG have managed to attain. After the Paralympics the park will be closed for a year, but a lot of the landscaping is to stay. If you have Paralympic tickets, then I encourage you to take time to enjoy the scenery as well as the sport. And, if you haven’t got tickets, then I hope that visiting the park when it opens again in 2013/2014 will provide at least some of the landscaping beauty.