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2014 - The year of the garden

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 17:12

Hi Simon & Shelley 

Lovely to see you posting up your proposal and laying it all out there
for everyone to comment on. A brave step especially in the world of
horticulture and design.

I do like your concept and especially your use of water.

You have created some nice arcs which is good and their intersections which each other creates pleasing angles. You would be suprised how many people get that bit wrong and end up with angles that are extremely hard (and costly) to landscape.

Posting it on here I am sure you would like some constructive critique
though to help your design along. More importantly I am sure you would
like it to be successful. Landscaping is a costly affair these days!

Please do not think I am in anyway belittling what you have put
together. The very fact you are making the effort and have avoided the
50cm plant border down each side and the rest to lawn is fantastic.You
have instinctively got the balance between mass and void spaces right (so
long as the green areas are not all lawn).

My first reaction on seeing your sketch is the use of 2 geometrical
shapes. The rectangle and the circle. This should be avoided as it lends
itself to be conceived as a messy and confusing space especially in a
smaller garden. I feel the space has better potential to 'flow' more.

The general rule is we stick to one shape in smaller gardens and play
with the interlinking. This inturn creates interesting spaces leading
ultimately to a much more pleasant space and a garden that feels larger
in size.

Before you commit yourself to this design grab a compass and try your
concept in circles and arcs with no straight edges. I promise you will
find it a much more pleasing shape if the water rill was also in your
chosen geometric shape.

A good glass of wine and some music really helps it the concept stage as
it can be really frustrating at times, even for a garden design
professional. You might go through 40 or 50 sheets of paper but you will
hit on it and when you do it will be extremely satisfying.

Please feel free to drop me an email if I can help further. Would be
happy to give you some free pointers via email.

This year I was a finalist at this years Grand Designs Show. I produced
a  water garden in a tiny 4 x 5m space. The pictures are not yet on my
website but I would be happy to send you a couple for inspiration.

My scott lawrence garden design is here and my contact info.

Best regards, good luck and Merry Christmas.



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