Influential Designers: Jacques Wirtz

Jacques Wirtz (b.1924) grew up in Antwerp, Belgium. You may wonder where the flowers are but Wirtz's gardens are lush and compelling without them. The hedge is his means of controlling space and classical music is his inspiration. Many of his gardens have wonderful cloud hedges composed of boxwood. Although he rejects the idea of any type of stylistic classification it is clear that his gardens are classically inspired. His internationally renowned firm operates as a design and build allowing control over the project from design to implementation. Wirtz’s love of Bach is present in his serene and spatially clear gardens.

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 Boxwood cloud hedges.

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Hornbeam and beech make great hedges. I prefer the beech for its slower growth rate and ability to retain it's fall colored, bleeched beige leaves through most of the winter. 

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