Timeless design that honours your lifestyle and personality
Modern form combined with rich planting for whole year delight
Planet-friendly solutions without compromising aesthetics
Horticultural advice based on scientific progress
The garden is not just a picture. It is an experience.
People who live in green spaces are happier and healthier because interacting with nature has an incredible power to rebalance the nervous and immune systems. In order to fully benefit from the garden, it should stimulate all other senses in addition to be visually pleasing. To assist homeowners in creating immersive gardens, I offer a wide range of services from garden coaching to comprehensive garden design packages from concept to completion.
Four layers of personalisation in garden design
Although we have a natural bias towards spaces that support us, these choices are usually unconscious. To explicitly address both practical and emotional needs of my clients in the design, I consider the following aspects.
1. What do you want to do in your garden?
A garden can support a wide range of activities, which influence the choice of features and how to link them functionally. The layout plan for the garden is going to be very different depending whether you want a quiet spot to read and immerse yourself in nature, grow your own vegatables, create ideal playground for your children, or frequently throw barbecue parties.
2. What are your general style preferences?
Modern, or romantic? Immaculate, or relaxed and natural? The same structural ‘bones’ of the layout plan may be dressed in different finishes to reflect your preferences, but also those of the house and location. Because humans are psychologically very complex, we are often drawn to a variety of seemingly contradictory styles. My task is to find out which choices are in tune with your nature and experiences.
3. What is your personality and temperament?
Our characters influence how we perceive our surroundings. For example, introverted and extraverted people not only tend to spend their time differently, but also have remarkably different sensitivity to stimuli from their environment. To fully support wellbeing, the design ought to ensure the optimal level of stimulation across all senses for each individual. This is achieved through careful detailing, choice of colour palettes, planting style, and ratios of open to enclosed areas.
4. What are your emotive landscapes?
Each of us have imprinted positive memories associated with particular places and people through landscapes, and even individual plants. These might be seaside holidays when you were a child, or an apple tree in your grandparent’s garden. The key elements of these landscapes tend to evoke feelings of calm and happiness. Whenever possible, I use plants and design features which capture the atmosphere of your emotional landscapes in the garden.
Harmony between nature and architecture
We need order to feel safe and in control. We need disorder and complexity of nature to pull us out of our minds and daily affairs. The art of modern garden design is to find the right balance between these two. I employ contrast between simple, elegant lines of man-made features with lush, evocative planting to enhance the beauty of each component of the design. Even the most minimalistic garden benefits from a patch of free-spirited wilderness. Even the most natural garden makes better impression when it is based on a backbone of a well-structured layout plan.