Tag: garden design warsaw

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.

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.

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.


Located on a double plot within a pine forest, (historically a retreat for the Kings of Poland), this site provided the double challenges of dry shade and a free draining sandy soil.

Over 150,000 plants were imported from Germany (www.lorberg.com) to the site creating the rich mid-canopy and ground cover strata of vegetation, ranging from alpines to semi-mature multistem trees and instant 2.5m high yew hedging.

The brief from the Clients was to create a ‘naturalistic’ garden where their children could play and explore, with large lawns, including a tennis court for entertaining and recreation.

Additional ecological value was acheived by the introduction of native species, wildflower-rich meadows, insect shelters and nest boxes.

I was asked to coordinate and plant the interior mur vegetal (vertical green wall) as designed by world famous pioneer of the technique, Patric Blanc. Following a trip to his Paris home, and with the assistance of his planting expert, we successfully planted the 3.6 x 7m wall in 28 hours! The green wall features as a post on this site.