Tag: garden design greece

mykonos 01

These images from Greenway’s website show the scheme I designed in 2003/4, and planted in 2004 at maturity. The vegetation reflects endemic and native plant communities representing sclerophyllic, maquis and garigue groups as found on the Aghios Lazarus peninsula and throughout the Cyclades. This project was the largest habitat creation/ enhancement scheme associated with  the 2004 Olympic Games.

Planting Zebra bed

mykonos 09 towards helipadMy earliest memory is growing a runner bean from seed at kindergarten.This sprouting bean started my life-long passion of plants.

Since building my first greenhouse and tending to my first vegetable patch aged six, I have been designing with plants and am fortunate, truly fortunate, to have practiced my passion around the globe.

I consider inspiration gained from observing natural vegetation communities and an understanding of vertical stratification, plant tolerance ranges, behaviour and symbiosis hold the future for sustainable planting schemes for our gardens, communal landscapes and degraded habitats.

 

hand colouring wroclaw

Most of my private commissions result in hand drawn plans and reports. I usually work on trace paper with ink, copy the original onto paper and hand colour the paper print with pantone and pro-marker inks.

For computer rendered drawings I prefer the initial drawing layer to still be hand-drawn black and white base.

The coloured original is then scanned and annotated, often submitted as part of a data collection and concept to design development report submission.

The scale, complexity and content of the drawings closely reflects the Client’s brief and budget.

axios valley 03

Whilst at Greenways Epe (Athens, Greece) I was asked to assist in compiling the Environmental Impact Assessment to select one of three potential routes for a rail line to Macedonia.

The landscape possessed stunning natural beauty, and our recommendations ensured that the engineer’s preferred direct route was massaged to protect areas we considered possessed outstanding natural beauty.

Allou 01

The Allou (meaning ‘elsewhere/somewhere else’) Fun Park was built in the run up to the 2004 Olympic Games.

The design was a collaboration between myself and the two talented Director’s of Greenways Epe (Athens, Greece), with all three of us supervising the landscape construction and planting.

I never got to go on the rides sadly, but heard that the park was a commercial and popular success, drawing thousands of Athenians and Olympic visitors.

helen panel 2

Whilst living in Athens, I was approached by Bobotis Architects to create the landscape component of their submission for the old airport site.

The team came fifth in the international competition (out of over 100 entries) with the landscape scheme proposing habitat enhancement of endemic garigue, maquis and sclerophyllic vegetation communities.

mykonos 03

From the National Gardens and Parliament Square, to Metro Station Parks and private villa gardens, I was fortunate to work on the design and after care of numerous projects from the Ionian to the Aegean, Cyclades to Crete whilst with Greenways E.p.e. (Athens).

The largest project was a 45 hectare habitat creation scheme to restore a 16 villa development site on the island of Mykonos, with enviable views to the island of Delos.

Sadly most of my photographs were in a box that was never delivered when I relocated.

Aghios lazarus masterplan

mykonos 01The peninsula site facing the island of Delos was developed to accommodate 16 villas set in extensive grounds.

Due to road access requirements, the entire site had been regraded and all existing vegetation removed, which was a major challenge for Greece’s first private, and largest, habitat creation project associated with the games.

By collecting seeds, taking cuttings and selecting specimens with local genetic province, (with a few suitable ornamentals included) we ensured the ecological functioning of the site.

I specified and coordinated the procurement and planting of over 1 million plants with Dr. A. Skordelis, for contract growing in a nursery in Marathon and the young specimens were shipped to Mykonos during the 3 month implementation phase.

The 35 hectare site was planted on time in advance of the Olympic Closing ceremony and was the site of VIP entertainment and post-Olympic celebrations.

The peninsula can be viewed on Google earth, however the planting has integrated so successfully that the boundaries with the adjacent native, undisturbed vegetation cannot be seen, as was our initial hope. The tree and vine planting has successfully camouflaged walls that in places were seven metres high, resulting in dark green lines along the road.