So far, most of what we know about London’s Garden Bridge has been around the bridge structure, designed by Thomas Heatherwick – the brains behind London’s Olympic Cauldron and the new Routemaster bus. Earlier last year we announced that the rust-proof copper-nickel bridge was getting a super skin, meaning it will last 120 years before needing maintenance. Yes, it’s all very impressive, but now we’re finally getting a glimpse of what the actual garden will look like – and it looks pretty damn sweet.
Horticulturist Dan Pearson is the green-fingered man with a plan who’s going to create an oasis of ‘escapism’, which will be split into five sections that will bloom all year round. The leafy bridge will boast a whopping 2500m² of planted green space including 270 trees, 2,000 shrubs, hedging plants and climbers, more than 22,000 perennials, ferns and grasses and 64,000 bulbs. The bridge got the green light back in November last year after Lambeth Council granted planning permission for the 1,214-foot pedestrian bridge and if all goes to plan, it should be open in 2018. Bloomin’ lovely!