I was lucky enough to visit Pam Lewis's garden, Sticky Wicket, a few years back. This garden shaped the way I looked at, managed and designed gardens from that point on. Sticky Wicket is a lesson in live and let live. The garden is a true, organic haven for wildlife. When the meadows are cut, a scythe is used and someone walks in front of the cutting implement disturbing the grass to make sure animals and insects are shooed out of the way before any cutting takes place. I love this style of kind gardening!
Sticky Wicket shows beautifully how native wildflowers, grasses and ornamentals can exist cheek by jowl.
There is very little hard landscaping in the garden. These mown turf paths work well if there's little foot traffic but they won't stand up to wear and tear if they're used often, especially in wet weather.
To find out more about naturalistic planting and how you can incorporate more wild elements into your garden, listen to Episode 10 of the podcast where I interview Toby Diggens of Digg & Co, a design practice focussing on Aesthetic Ecology.