Inspiring design for people and planet

Mark Laurence is a designer of climate-adapted, drought tolerant gardens and landscapes. Based and working in the UK and internationally.

drought-tolerant, natural garden design
Garden Design

Design for natural beauty and environmental connection using clear design process, simple materials and resilient, naturalistic planting.

planting adapted to changing weather patterns
Adaptive Planting

Plants are selected for not just beauty but for ecological adaptiveness to cope with climate induced weather patterns.

beach and coastal garden design
coastal & beach gardens

Gardens by the sea have unique weather, challenges and problems, yet can be the most beautiful of places.

Sustainable Gardens

Ecologically aware design

The benefits of sustainable design

Why should we think about sustainability when we design a garden or landscape? It's all about consequences. The ethic is that we should not beautify one environment at the expense of another. Therefore we think about the impacts of the choices we make. That tropical timber may make a beautiful deck, but can we with conscience accept the destruction of rainforest to achieve it? Such are the questions we ask, with the aim that we create a similar end result by using a more sustainable and local resource.

permeable drainage and paving, including the drive

Planting in gravel with permeable drainage and paving, including the drive

Retaining walls made from sweet chestnut, sourced locally

Render of a climate-adapted coastal garden

Naturalistic Planting

Adaptive ecologies for the planet

Natural planting for beauty, resilience and ecological benefit

Natural planting is of huge benefit in creating relaxing, biophilic environments that look good all year round and are a joy to behold. They are also highly beneficial for wildlife and make use of tough, insect-friendly, climate adapted plants. No natural temperate garden is, or should be, irrigated.

Choosing the right plant for the place, in the right combination

Choosing the right plant for the place, in the right combination

Drifts or loose matrixes of plants through gravel

Drifts or loose matrices of plants through gravel

Climate Adaption

a landscape response

A new landscape design approach

With the growing awareness of the planetary climate crisis, our landscapes must take on a more proactive role in adaption, mitigation and regeneration. What we design now will be crucial in stabilising our environment and making places we can still live and thrive in.

Adaptive planting design on dry soils for resilience and beauty

Adaptive planting design on dry soils for resilience and beauty

Planting for biodiversity as well as beauty and resilience

Planting for biodiversity as well as beauty and resilience

Coastal & Beach Gardens

salt of the sea

Gardens in a marine environment

Where the landscape and seascape interact, a thin coastal zone exists which is a truly unique environment. The sea speaks to us of something, deeper and wider than any land. Gardens created in this spece are special and have unique qualities.

Seakale is a highly ornamental perennial with fantastic scent

Seakale is a highly ornamental perennial with fantastic scent. It grow on beach shingle across the south coast.

A two year old mixed coastal planting

A two year old mixed coastal planting. Shrubs give structure and form microclimates, giving shelter to smaller plants.

Rain & Water Gardens

living water systems

Designing water and rain gardens

Minimising external water inputs into a garden or landscape, whilst maximising the use and benefits, is both an art and a science. Keeping water clean in ponds is something we can do with the use of biofilters (biological filtration). Harvesting rainwater from roofs, or even using greywater, lessens the need for external inputs. When drought hits, mains water supply may not always be allowed. On the other hand, managing floodwaters with swales, permeable beds and materials is an important aspect of water-conscious design.

A waterfall from a terrace and rill drops into an informal stream with staged biofilters

A waterfall from a terrace rill drops into an informal stream

A curved water fiture with biofilter and water chutes

A curved water feature with biofilter and water chutes

Adaptive Planting

coping with climate change

Creating new micro-ecologies

As the effects of climate change manifest, natural plant ranges and zones are being disrupted; plants are moving away North and South of the equator as fast as they can. There is no longer a static 'native' plant or insect ecology and we must adapt our gardens and landscapes to reflect, and eaven lead this. This creates an exciting new approach to planting design, based on factors which take into account what is and what might be.

Plants in communities must be designed to adapt, tolerate and build soil carbon

Plants in communities must be designed to adapt, tolerate and build soil carbon

This heliotrope has adapted itself to a neglected corner in Abu Dhabi

This heliotrope has adapted itself to a neglected corner in Abu Dhabi

About Mark Laurence

A brief resume

An experienced and forward-thinking landscape designer

Mark Laurence has many years of experience as a environmentally-aware garden and landscape designer. He has also worked extensively with living walls, is a consulting arborist (in the Middle-East), speaker at many sutainability conferences and writer of articles.

Based in Chichester, West Sussex, Mark works throughout the UK, internationally in Europe, Scandinavia, the USA and the particularly the Middle-East. He is a past committee member of the Society of Garden Designers, a Chartered Horticulturalist and Professional Member of the International Society of Arboriculture.

Mark's passion and focus is to create beautiful gardens/landscapes which are plant-adapted to thrive even with the climate crisis, which reconnect and empower people, reduce the level of external inputs needed and create homes and refuge for our belegeured wildlife.

Mark working with trees in Abu Dhabi

Mark working with trees in Abu Dhabi

Contact

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Address details:

Mark Laurence Design Ltd
1 Manor Cottage,
Merston, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 1EE, UK
Mobile: +44 (0)7949 099195

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