Posts Tagged ‘design’

Paths, Desire Lines & Routes of Flow

Paths.....lead you to somewhere and/or away from somewhere. This may appear to state the obvious but in the context of a garden space the notion of a path becomes infinitely more complex as function and aesthetics interact. The traditional garden path was straight, narrow and uncompromising - a concrete route to 'the shed', often dissecting a rectangular lawn, straight down the middle and maybe passing an old apple tree in the grass on one side. Direct, yes, durable, yes (dependent on the depth of concrete, which was usually way in excess of necessity), useful to a degree but pleasing to the eye, [...]

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Starting a Garden Design Business

Armed with your newly minted diploma you are ready to make an impact and earn money. Unless your course is deliberately chosen as a leisure activity, or you aim to further your study academically you will want to see a return on your investment. You may already be an experienced business manager, or have a background in micro-management, or responsibilities for staff, projects, or finance. You might be an experienced freelancer. You may be adept at sales, or marketing and a whizz with figures. You might be highly creative and talented in three dimensional or visual arts. You will rarely be all [...]

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Aspire and Specialise

Should You Specialise In One Particular Design Style? Aspiring garden designers, just like any students of a new discipline, may have dreams or ambition to design other than domestic or local commercial landscapes. The world of landscape and garden design is just that: a big wide world full of opportunities and challenges. Your design course will give you a thorough grounding in the history of garden design through the ages, in climates and conditions some familiar, others that may be completely alien to the environments and climates you have experienced. You will learn how to manage and exploit [...]

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A Moment at Dusk

Taking Inspiration from Nature.  I took my dog Oliver for a favourite walk at dusk this evening. It was 5.15pm and still just light enough to make out the path which runs high above and parallel to the sandy strand edging the bay. Known as 'green lanes' around here they are tractor-wide grassy tracks flanked by dry stone walls and hedges. They criss-cross and meander through paddocks and fields, unseen and away from asphalted roads and used almost exclusively by farmers checking on livestock and moving them from pasture to pasture to graze in peace. From the air these tracks are visible, [...]

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Aspire and Specialise

How training as a garden designer will change your whole outlook on life. Aspiring garden designers, just like any students of a new discipline, may have dreams or ambition to design other than domestic or local commercial landscapes. The world of landscape and garden design is just that: a big wide world full of opportunities and challenges. Your design course will give you a thorough grounding in the history of garden design through the ages, in climates and conditions some familiar, others that may be completely alien to the environments and climates you have experienced. You will learn how [...]

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