Wednesday 22nd May 2013 We enjoyed a fabulous Garden Design with David Stevens
INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE
This Course can only be a ‘taster’! – But I will take you right the way through the sequence of just how to design a garden, the pitfalls, the ‘tricks of the trade’ and the practical commonsense things that will make your garden work for you. We shall cover both theory and practice, the latter in the Garden Centre seeing just what plants we can choose for a whole range of situations, soil and microclimate – enjoy!!
Your role during the course and how to get maximum benefit.
1 What is a Garden design
2 What is a Designers job
3 What you should expect from a Designer
THE BASIS OF GOOD GARDEN DESIGN
Wherever you live in any part of the World the PRINCPLES of design remain the same. This is to do with the manipulation of space, plants come later and that is perhaps the most important lesson of all.
1 It cannot be separated from other design
The Masters: Frank Lloyd Wright
2 Reflects YOUR personality
3 Reflects house AND LOCALITY
4 Responsibility to your neighbours
5 House/Garden and landscape cannot be separated
6 The garden has to contain practical AND beautiful
Do not copy fashion
Do not copy from books/TV/shows etc.
While most of us can design our homes the ideas dry up outside – why?
THE SIMPLE THINGS WORK BEST
ANALYSIS – WHAT HAVE YOU GOT/WHAT DO YOU WANT
What have you got – Learning to know your garden – analyse – survey and the birth of ideas. Don’t slash and burn
What do you want – Moodboard, checklist, priorities
The importance of and how to prepare a scale drawing.
Degree of Maintenance
GARDEN DESIGN PRINCIPLES
The importance of an indigenous design style – and your personality
Don’t just copy Rosemary Verey (although she was brilliant) or anybody else
The importance of Inspiration from whatever source – always take a camera and notebook – everywhere
Borrowed landscape – within and without
TENSION/ MYSTERY/ SURPRISE
The subdivision and manipulation of space which is the basis of all good design.
GARDEN STYLES – AND WHICH WILL SUIT YOU
You don’t have to conform to a given style (ie) English, Japanese, Country Cottage etc., although you might incorporate one of these.
You can choose your own style from (THERE ARE ONLY FOUR)
Formal (balanced)Asymmetric (informal)
Deconstructivist (breaks the rules!)
DON’T BE AFRAID OF RECTANGLES
DIFFERENT GARDEN SHAPES
The importance of positive and negative space
The importance of the diagonal line
The right angle rule
The question of curves
PREPARING AN OUTLINE SCHEME
Choose a garden style (simplicity)
Don’t crystallise too soon
Keep it loose
Try different version
The English/ AND other styles
Don’t necessarily copy any particular style – but take the best as long as it suits you and your micro-climate.
Reflect an Identity in planting
A worthwhile style that uses a blend of textures, shapes and colours with a subtle mix of indigenous and exotic species.
You will have checked out your micro climate/prevailing winds etc. – make the most of local knowledge.
SOIL, CULTIVATION AND COMPOST!!!!!!!!
BUILDING UP THE PLANTING PLAN LIKE A WOODLAND
1 THE OUTER FRAMEWORK – (ones, twos, threes) largely evergreen, tough screening, higher + trees.
2 THE MIDDLE GROUND – Lower, more colourful, variation in height, shape, texture etc, three, five, seven (mix shrubs – perennials)
3 THE LOWER STORY – GROUND COVERS – big drifts, foliage or colour.
4 THE FOCAL POINT PLANTS – (careful or will become spotty)
The theory of REVERSAL planting
THE USE OF COLOUR
Colour grading (or how to throw away the colour wheel!)
How to link colour ranges by using grey/cream etc.
“lifting “colour ranges by cross fertilisation
RESEARCH PLANTING CONDITIONS
Remember that there can be different micro-climatic conditions within your immediate locality area or even your garden.
Understand temperate or other climatic zone you live in
Research areas of micro climates i.e., courtyards, seaside, hillsides etc.
Know your planting areas ie North/South facing walls within the garden infra structure and subsequent climatic conditions within those areas.
SUMMING UP AND QUESTIONS!