connecting people to nature
Gardens are an intense but personal experience of the outdoor world. Our concentrated efforts at beautifying such a space must give an intense return. To do this, elements and plants must be pieced together with coherence to generate "critical mass." I have two guidelines which I adhere to as much as possible: 'never beautify one environment at the expense of another' and 'observe the 80/20 rule: 80% softscape and 20% hardscape'.
I create gardens which are immersive, ecologically driven, climate adapted and rich in diversity and beauty. Gardens are Nature's spring board into the next evolution of our ecosystems, all of which are in rapid flux as climate change becomes a major disruptor. Gardens I create are resilient and adapted to this new future: beautiful, useful, sheltering and peaceful.
To help you visualise your garden
As a creative, I visualise the transformation of a space through the structure, planting and time. It's not always easy to convey these ideas, so I give a lot of attention to producing graphics which can portray the idea. These are generally created from 3D mcomputer modelling, with some hand-drawn elements.
It's important that these images convey emotion and feeling, not just technical detail, yet they must ultimately translate into technical drawings, at least for hard-landscape lements.
I am also quite used to designing and producing documantation required to accompany planning applications.
A stream garden leading to a pond in the lower part of the garden.
A harbourside garden in West Sussex
Garden entrance to a steep terraced area
An outdoor room made from raised decking and planters
A cross-section of a new house showing raised planters etc.
A cross-section of a new house showing elevated planting up to floor level
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. They are also highly beneficial for wildlife and make use of tough, insect-friendly, climate adapted plants.
Choosing the right plant for the place, in the right combination
Drifts or loose matrices of plants through gravel
Dry coastal planting over an old driveway
Drifts of Camassia on a woodland edge garden
mark laurence design ltd | adaptive landscapes for a changing world
©2023 mark laurence