Are Gardens Restorative Environments?

Are Gardens Restorative Environments?

There is a growing chain of evidence stating that natural environments offer a greater likelihood of restorative effects on people who have been subjected to stressful or fatiguing situations than urban environments. Past research on restorativeness has mainly examined the likelihood of restoration in contrasting environments, with natural environments in opposition to built environments being the most common. Natural environments regularly score higher than city environments. However, when designing restorative gardens, landscape architects use both natural and built elements. Continue reading

Gardens of England: “Here is a garden that is all green”

Gardens of England: “Here is a garden that is all green”

British Council Film: Gardens of England (1941), Directed by Michael Hankinson. An entertaining chance to look back at gentler times, dreamily anthropomorphising white and red roses into sworn enemies, watching ordinary folk read the newspaper, a cameo by a Canadian soldier, a Thames lock turned into a miniature Kew Gardens, ‘suburban streets are bright with … Continue reading

Building the High Line in London

Building the High Line in London

London doesn’t want for disused infrastructure, which got us wondering: could our city have its own High Line? Turns out we weren’t the only ones pondering the idea: in early October the Garden Museum is running a High Line Symposium, at which the project’s founders will visit London and discuss how they brought it to fruition. Simultaneously, the Mayor’s office is launching A High Line for London: Green Infrastructure Ideas for a New London Landscape, an open competition to “design innovative new places that enrich London’s Infrastructure”. Continue reading

Park Life

Park Life

I wanted to write a little about some of the recent urban park & garden success stories, they are sites of hope for metropolitan life becoming much more than corridoors of transport networks. Continue reading

M Chaudin’s Garden

M Chaudin’s Garden

For sixteen years, Parisian artist Jean-Luc Moulène documented a botanical creation left to run wild: the garden of one Victor Chaudun, former director of the arboretum at Versailles. Continue reading