Tag: garden design poland

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.


Thanks to the recommendation of interior designer Andreas Kubicek (www.fjinteriordesign.com), I was asked to return to Poland to survey and design this family garden in one of Warsaw’s affluent wards.

Construction should commence in 2013, pending planning permission.

This Prussian manor house and estate was sold and broken-up following the fall of communism. The client, an owner of a design and build landscape company in Warsaw, asked me to prepare a data collection and concept design report to aid in funding applications.

courtyard niemodlinThe restoration of a 19th century (Silesian) farmhouse, barns, and outbuildings into a holiday/ retirement home resulted in the accumulation of salvaged and reclaimed building materials. The clients wanted to use as many salvaged items as possible in the landscape setting which I fully supported.

Intentionally low maintenance, the predominantly hardscape/ paving design incorporates an outdoor kitchen, log store, room for vehicles to turn, adequate drainage from the snow melt, and plants that look after themselves despite the -30 to +40 degree temperature range.

Work is currently underway and completion anticipated for 2017.

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.

This famous Warsavian site, a favourite for summer al fresco dining required a revamp following the worst spring floods in living memory when the Vistula river threatened to enter the old town.

Using boathouse iconography to re-brand the signage, wayfinding, gardens, dining areas and children’s play garden, this scheme incorporated several linked gardens with the aim to additionally provide herbs, leaf salad and pumpkins for seasonal dishes and a ‘kitchen garden narrative’.

The Prince Bishop of Breslau’s (Wroclaw) summer palace and hunting retreat lies on the site of a medieval fortified building. The current owners discovered numerous treasures during restoration, including a unique renaissance ceiling painting and scraffito decoration.

After living in the area for a number of months, I became friends with the owners and have produced planting plans, concept drawings and reports for the long term restoration and development of the estate into an income generating tourist destination. (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Piotrowice-Nyskie/288302209261)

Last year we planted hundreds of acorns, beech mast and nuts to plant around the estate, and contribute to carbon neutrality of our activities, including my other website ‘posthumousplans’.

Piotrowice Nyskie now has accommodation available in an apartment within the palace and is well worth a visit, either virtual or real.

This site, an historic manor ( Kuflew dworek)  near Warsaw, has extensive sand extraction pits dating from the communist era and retains part of a mature 18th Century park.

The clients are restoring the manor house and other buildings as a family home and holiday let, and wanted to restore the grounds to their former glory whilst enhancing the biodiversity and potential visitor attractions.

The data collection and concept design report demonstrated how the landscape design could integrate the park, grounds and pits, creating a site with ecological function, income generating tourist attractions and a ‘family-friendly’ variety of experiences.  http://www.dworek-kuflew.com/index.html

Designed by world renowned botanist and pioneer of the mur vegetal system, Patric Blanc, this interior wall covered approximately 3.7 x 7 metres.

The clients requested me to coordinate the construction of the structure, oversee the irrigation and ‘secret fabric’ installation, and personally undertake the planting of the sub-tropical plants from receipt of delivery of the plants from Paris to completion of the wall.

Despite the house being full of painters and decorators at the time, we managed to plant-up the entire surface in under two days, with the help of a pneumatic staple gun and scaffolding.


Whilst based in Warsaw I worked on several landscape enhancement schemes for a private practise architect (www.modernstudio.pl modernstudio) involved with the improvement of Wroclaw City Council’s housing stock.

The landscape proposals, though low budget, and restrained by several peculiar bye-laws were vast improvements on the derelict, denuded, filthy, drug paraphernalia littered ‘gardens’ and over-spill parking areas’ that existed.

Construction for the first project commenced in the autumn of 2012, and the landscaping scheme was partially implemented in 2015.