Recalibrating my planting design thinking

My thinking on planting design has been substantially recalibrated in the last 12 months or so by increased contact with the ground-breaking work of James Hitchmough and Nigel Dunnett, largely through their respective books, Sowing Beauty (Timber Press 2017) and the fresh-off-the-press Naturalistic Planting Design (Filbert Press 2019).

These guys did the incredible meadow plantings around the Olympic Stadia for the London Olympics, and are now applying the mind-bending rigour of their thinking to planting around the world – including Melbourne!

Make yourself a cup of tea, and take a look at this interview I recently recorded with James Hitchmough for our Perennials Symposium.  And don’t worry.  The image eventually switches over to James!

More Videos

Great Dixter Revisited

It’s exactly half my life since I lived and worked with Christopher Lloyd at Great Dixter.  I returned yesterday – a rich, life-giving and pretty emotional moment. ...

Experiencing horti-psychological whiplash

Watch as the German Landscape Architect Bettina Jaugstetter reframes my thinking about successional planting. I go on about what Christopher Lloyd taught me, then Bettina, having listened attentively, ...

Just give me a year

It’s completely baffling to me how English, American (and, frankly, therefore Australian) gardeners and designers have remained profoundly ignorant of the rigorous research being carried out in Germ ...