Posts Tagged ‘sensory garden’

The Blue School – Wells

Monday, November 16th, 2009

This is a raised level area bordered by two straight banks, there are several semi mature trees and a glasshouse.  One bank has been scalloped to create a free flowing form, the other bank built up using gabions filled with local stone.  The overall design uses very organic  forms to detract from the large adjacent school building (see entry ’7 November’) as well as to create an inviting and useful division of space for outdoor teaching.   A wildlife pond, seating, six extra trees and a curved landform ‘amphitheatre’ have been created.  The planting uses a backbone of shrubs such as dogwoods to create winter colour, there is an underplanting of low growing herbaceous and bulbs and one area uses hardy annual seed mixes, as devised by Sheffield University, to create sequential flowering from May til October.

section of plan

Site surveyed with students, see entry: November 7th, 2009

Low budget wildlife garden – Hampshire

Monday, November 9th, 2009

I have just finished a project where the existing patio needed to be replaced and enlarged which required the lawn to be pushed back and retained by reusing existing railway sleepers.  Borders were created around the lawn to detract from the long straight sides of the garden and to provide colour and interest throughout the seasons.  Seating, natural sculpture and lighting were used to create focal points as well as draw the different family members into the garden.

The wildlife theme was built upon by extending meadow-like areas and mown paths, planting more fruit trees and building a large pond.

The Blue School science resource garden – Wells

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

I am currently working on a garden at the Blue School in Wells, a small group of students have come up with their brief which is to be married with the requirements of a science resource garden.  Features include a glass house, wildlife pond, a gabion retaining wall, herb beds, contoured land forms, seating, weather station, planting for nectar and pollen…

student surveying

Children’s garden – Basingstoke

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

This children’s centre (for 0-5 year olds) wants to involve the parents to create an exciting outdoor area to maximize play and exploration. 

The brief was to maximise the potential of the outdoor area and the design  incorporated: vegetable growing, an edible maze, bug discovery, a living willow adventure trail with den, with sensory planting around (smell and feel), grass mounds, paths and stepping stones to link the existing features (musical instruments, glass house and tractor).  Staight hedges were transformed into wavy topped structures, the outside of the shed became a huge blackboard and the railings were planted with fruiting trees and vines.

The project is to be implemented in phases and linked with art workshops.

children's play centre

Sensory school garden – Basingstoke

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Working with parents we created a sensory garden complete with edible, scented & textured plants, at the centre is a story teller’s seat.  Children contributed art work, totem poles to be installed.

construction of sensory garden  after a few months growth

story teller's seat