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SHOULD DESIGNERS BE ENCOURAGING CLIENTS TO HAVE MORE NATURALISTIC GARDENS? Michelle Brandon

David Dodd

Noemi Mercurelli

OWNER, MICHELLE BRANDON GARDEN & LANDSCAPE DESIGN

MANAGING DIRECTOR AND OWNER, THE OUTDOOR ROOM

LANDSCAPE DESIGNER, PC LANDSCAPES

If we didn’t know already, now that the earth is in trouble, we certainly do. As an industry where we encourage people to spend more time outdoors, we impart our experience and knowledge to advise about the best materials for that particular garden. So yes, we should advise and encourage clients to choose gardens that are nature friendly, which create low impact on the environment. This starts from low landfill input, breaking down existing materials for hardcore, and keeping established plants to incorporate them within the new planting scheme.

No. I think garden design needs to be as broad as possible, with huge diversity in design and style. The benefits of naturalistic gardens can certainly be

Whether we want to accept it or not, we are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction and a severe climate emergency. The figures are irrefutable. In the UK alone, we have destroyed well over half of our biodiversity since the Beatles broke up. The population of birds, butterflies and wildflowers that once made our landscapes so lively have been utterly devastated. We seem blind to the notion that nature, climate, food and our own wellness are all linked. More naturalistic gardens (providing a wide range of habitats and food to wildlife), the avoidance of pesticides, and the promotion of wildflower meadows instead of sterile lawns, can all be part of the solution.

I AM VERY CONSCIOUS OF CREATING SPACES THAT ALLOW THE CLIENT PEACE AND TRANQUILITY We should be encouraging habitats for wildlife, such as planting shrubs, which will provide food for birds throughout the year. As a horticultural therapist and garden designer, I am very conscious of creating spaces that allow the client peace and tranquility.

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ALL GARDENS SHOULD, BY THEIR VERY NATURE, BE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY AND SUSTAINABLE. IF NOT, THE DESIGNER HASN’T DONE A VERY GOOD JOB explained, but clients should get a design that suits their taste and lifestyle, and not that of the designers. It is also vital that the house or building should marry into the garden or landscape and not clash with it. All gardens should, by their very nature, be environmentally friendly and sustainable. If not, the designer hasn’t done a very good job. Water features, clipped hedging and perennial planting in a contemporary garden can still be a haven for wildlife. It doesn’t always have to be wildflower meadows and bug hotels to be good for nature.

WE SEEM BLIND TO THE NOTION THAT NATURE, CLIMATE, FOOD AND OUR OWN WELLNESS ARE ALL LINKED We have the duty to educate ourselves and inform unaware clients, but also to respond professionally to those expecting sustainable solutions from us.

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