Tag: garden design plans

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.

 

Huntingdon Garden & Leisure 02

Whilst manager of the landscape division at Huntingdon Garden & Leisure I assisted in the design and planting of this site, the largest garden centre in England.

Mature trees were imported from Deepdale Nurseries.

Ermine St 03

Ermine Street is the old Roman road that ran from London, through the Roman Fortification of Godmanchester on the south bank of the River Great Ouse, and where, on the north bank, the Anglo-Saxon town of Huntingdon was founded.

This garden site was a ground floor flat in Huntingdon’s old Workhouse, a Grade II listed building, behind which ran the the railway line linking London to Edinburgh.

With such varied history, the front garden design was eclectic, using salvaged and re-used materials including timber sleepers (not taken from the railway despiite local rumour!), roman style quarry tiles and eighteenth century reclaimed yorkstone slabs.

 

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.

Alice 05

This children’s play garden design was inspired by landscape descriptions and features from Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’, and ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’. As both books are full of references to the Orient, and to animals which occur in Dubai (Flamingos, Hedgehogs) the theme seemed appropriate.

The proposed centre piece to the croquet lawn sunken garden was a life size hologram of the Cheshire Cat, intended to appear and disappear from the branches of a 400 year old gnarled Olive tree, with bronze statues of characters from the books dotted around the garden.

The project is currently on hold.