The plot is 80m X 60m in area, overrun by wild grass and wild trees both growing on a relatively flat surface.
A proposed tree garden design had to be developed around two structures; a 3 bedroom house and a cottage both sited at the far end of the plot. Thus, the former in one corner and the latter in the other corner.
Given the size of the plot, the proposed landscape design takes up most of the space than the existing structures.
Since the brief stayed true to the Ecological design philosophy of Give-And-Take between fauna and flora, it was imperative to retain as many trees as possible. Therefore, most of the bigger trees remained so as not to veer too much away from the client’s requirements. The existing natural landscape then had to effortlessly marry in with the proposed design.
The simplicity in design of this landscape lies in the mere use of shrubs and trees therein, with the cosmetic addition of pavers and curbs to define the driveway and parking.
Trees like Palms, Chiaverella, Gold Crest and Rocket were all placed around the site along equidistant rows and equidistant columns. While shrubs like Clotons, Hibiscus and Duranta were placed in between Palms flanking the driveway from the Gate on either side, also as a special feature central of the garden.
For a plot this size, the design wouldn’t have been complete without properly manicured carpets of grass.
Grass was laid on much of the plot’s surface area, with finely sliced and properly vanished tree trunks being used to define walkways in this tree garden. And as the case with most gardens, you reap from what you sow, so an Orchard had to be introduced.
Hence, a generous 20m X 15m patch fit in perfectly with the design overrun by Banana and Plantain plants. Eventually, Papayas, Avocados, Mangos, Lemons and Oranges will have to be introduced so as to make the space come full circle. The design idea with the Orchard was basically to have a Box-Within-A-Box effect in the space.
In the end, what the site lacks in timeless built design, it makes up in this proposed landscape design.