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R2111 Garden Planning. What is the difference between informal and formal garden design styles?

Updated: Jan 15

Learning Outcome for RHS level 2 R2111

Understand the characteristics of accepted garden styles

Describe the difference between formality and informality in garden design.


Introduction

If you study past papers there are often questions asking you to describe distinct differences between formality and informality in garden design.

The following table lists these differences:





Informal design does not have to be like a ‘fluffy’ cottage garden



Japanese gardens are cleverly planned to look informal



Relaxing informal modern design



Formal design Wollerton old hall garden



Formal design Wollerton old hall garden



Formal design Wollerton old hall garden



Formal design Portmeirion gardens


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