"Alexandra Noble’s meditation garden features a reflective pond and a continuous waterway — with no start or end — to inspire a sense of being in the moment. But her favourite creation is her chamomile couch and pouffe — planted with a cushion of tightly packed chamomile, which releases a calming fragrance when sat upon. Alexandra, 29, says: ‘It is so powerful it brings you instantly back into the present moment and then as you breathe, it calms both mind and spirit.’ "
Claire Morrisroe for the Metro, July 4th 2018
"Alexandra Noble’s Health and Wellbeing Garden is an enticing courtyard of rills, pools and cobbles with clouds of umbellifers that seem to float above it. At 8x8m, it’s one many with small gardens could take inspiration from. The curving path leading to a camomile bench has no obvious beginning and end and all the plants have healing properties."
"A new look at medicinal plants. When it comes to Hampton Court, this isn’t Alexandra Noble’s first rodeo – trained as an architect, she designed a garden here in 2014 after winning a competition hosted by The One Show. But she has decided to try something new for this year’s event. “I started thinking about medicinal edible plants,” Noble explains. “It isn’t a plant palette that I had explored that much, so I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to work with plants that have always excited me but I’ve never worked with.” Such plants range from yarrow to cardoons and even celery.
The aim is to create a “naturalistic, floaty, dreamlike” scheme that will provide masses of fragrance around a clever continuous path that takes its inspiration from both abstract art and meditative process – even if it didn’t induce one during its creation. “Hopefully, it looks effortless – but it wasn’t effortless,” Noble laughs. “I spent hours in my studio sketching out models of how you could get that feeling of vitality on quite a low budget.”
A bench topped with the fluffy, double-flowered blooms of Chamaemelum nobile ‘Flore Pleno’ – an old Roman camomile (below) – will aid the vision, along with a reflective pool. Noble is hoping to let the sculpture and scent do the talking. “I’m hoping it’s going to be very calming,” she says. “I’ve purposefully kept it simple, so the plants will just speak for themselves.”"
Alice Vincent for the Telegraph, 30th June 2018
Caroline Wheater for the Telegraph, 11th May 2018
Caroline Wheater for the Telegraph, 27th April 2018
"I was looking for something special, a garden that stood out, and I decided to take a romp around and judge gardens by sight and their titles alone. What would they mean to me without the blurb from a press release, I wondered?
My favourite was quite a surprise. I'd been involved in the launching of a competition among BBC One Show viewers for a garden design. The winner, Alexandra Noble, created hers for the Hampton Court Show.
It was seemingly inspired by the Roman City Of Bath and what she created was a pure simple delight - a wispy, sunken contemporary courtyard, not very deep, with a formal arrangement of ink-black square ponds set into a golden rammed gravel terrain.
The planting Included grasses, rosemary and pennisetum pushing up through the ground-cover material, softening the scene and creating quite a magical tapestry.
I thought this was a magnificent display. It wasn't filled with stuff. There was a confidence and a clarity that ensured all the elements - planting, hard landscaping and water - could be clearly seen. Sinking the plot, even by just a couple of feet, is a massive job but it allowed visitors to look into something.
To me it was the best in show."
"..not in competition but promises to have all the requisites for a gold medal."