Outdoor steps are a design opportunity. On any site with significant level differences, the design of changes in level is important for appearance, convenience and safety. The size and shape of outdoor steps in new buildings is governed by the local Building Regulations. This control is mainly directed [...]
Taking part in exhibitions as a garden designer - sense or nonsense?
By former student Sabine Friedrich
Should you take part in a garden design show? The answer is simple: yes, but ... ... only in cooperation with a landscaping company.
But let's start with the 'yes, I would take part in an exhibition [...]
Almost anything that holds soil could be used for plant pots. Shops stock a vast range of traditional ceramic, terracotta, glass fibre and stone pots, some attractive and some hideous. It's important that they are frost proof, so check those imported from Mediterranean or far eastern countries.
Be careful [...]
Does Form Follow Function?
A long-term and continuing debate has been whether form follows function, or function follows form? Initially, as a trained artist, but novice, student designer, I felt instinctively - and arrogantly - that the functions of the garden could follow its form; in other words, [...]
Designing with nature requires the designer to develop heightened awareness. Not just of suitable plants for a specific location, but for the genius loci (spirit of Place). The climate, prevailing wind direction, aspect, gradient, soil, indigenous vegetation, geology, all affect the design choices.