Hot off the press is this garden in Symington. The paving is Marshalls Symphony Vitrified which is proving a popular choice of material. The client will be planting the garden up herself. There are three Larch trees which have a Preservation Order on them so the garden works around them. There was a significant drop in level in the garden so the design works around that. You can see the before and after photos in the Design Projects tab of my website.
Yesterday I attended a presentation by Sarah Eberle www.saraheberle.com of her work at an event organised by the Society of Garden Designers.
Her work is inspirational to me and equally her professional ethics and attitude to her projects and clients were a big takeaway.
I identified absolutely with her descriptions of how important it is to respond to a space emotionally when designing a garden. How the skill of really 'looking' at a space and I like to think, rather like composing a photograph, are key ingredients in the process of designing a garden which really delivers something spectacular.
The important first steps of listening to and understanding the client's brief is the cornerstone of a good design. Once the all important trust between the client and the designer has been established then the flow of work can be a thrilling and rewarding experience through to completion.
I personally love the moment when we take our spades, or the digger, or whatever tool it is, to start the work. It means that the conversations with the client have taken place, cups of tea have been poured and the trust has been established... so when the changes really start to take place in the garden the project is effectively already well underway. Changing and enhancing spaces is what I do whether through hard or soft landscaping and seeing my design emerge is a thrill.