I love to create atmosphere and narrative within spaces, that are intended to be used, as well as enjoyed. Gardens for me are a productive, functional and pleasurable space, and so each garden should be as unique as the people who are intending to use them.
Having graduated with a Diploma in Graphic Design, I wanted to merge my love for plants with my love for art and design, and so have embarked on my journey with the London College of Garden Design.
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The element of play is key to this project. The sun has been taken advantage of fully to create shadows on the curved rendered walls at all parts of the day. The walls themselves provide refuge for patients or staff, who may want a quiet moment amongst the busy and noisy atmosphere of a hospital. The space is fully wheelchair accessible, allowing a wheelchair to pass between all of the structures, as well as around the edge of the space. Markers are placed at 1m intervals around the edge of the central area, to encourage patients to walk and could be factored into rehab and physio practice. A rill surrounds the area, creating a sound barrier against the hospital hustle and bustle, and delivering a calming atmosphere to the garden. This space is intended as a small oasis and sanctuary, where some peace can be found.
The imagined space is totally multifunctional, allowing the clients to explore and immerse themselves in nature, whilst also being able to host large groups of people for parties or community events. The garden is a microcosm of Kent, and has incorporated wild hedgerows, orchards, meadows and woodland planting in a way that naturally blend together, with more ornamental and relaxed versions included in the first third of the garden. Each section can be explored on its own, with multiple routes, and great circulation through the garden, meaning the clients will never tire of the same old route when walking in the garden. The meadow, orchard and woodlands are spaces that the clients can feel like they are in the wilderness, despite having not left their property. The details throughout the domestic garden comment on our interactions with nature; on observing and respecting the wilder corners of our wildlife and local habitats, in a way that does not interfere, but rather allow it to flourish before our eyes.