Just to the east of the new edible academy is a semi circular section of the garden called the Barnsley Beds. This new area is a collection of eight garden beds containing ornamental arrangements inspired by the legendary English garden designer, Rosemary Verey, an internationally known English garden designer and writer who designed the famous garden at Barnsley House. Her designs were famous for the ornamental potager garden style, which is typically informal or romantic. Verey’s signature style was incorporating large architectural arrangements found in public gardens and translating them to a scale more suitable for home gardeners.
Towers|Golde working closely with NYBG lead the design for the new semi-private ornamental vegetable garden inspired by Verey’s principles. The garden serves as a teaching garden and a public space for gatherings and events. Included in the site improvements are a new vegetable garden framework, layout of stone dust paths; fenced areas; coordination with new tram stop. Extensive consideration and attention was given to the protection of the existing Hornbeam hedge considered by the garden to be a key cultural asset and which now creates the living walls that define the space.