NSPCC Garden of Childhood Adventure
Louise designed the NSPCC Garden of Childhood Adventure, which was awarded a Silver Gilt medal at the Gardening Scotland show in May 2014 at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh. Prior to the show she also won a Gardening Scotland Artisan Garden Design award.
It was designed to create a jungle adventure space for children to enter with a path of wooden stepping stones following up into a child-scale bamboo hut. The planting uses large, lush leaves to give a tropical feel, with cannas, banana plants, tree ferns and hostas.
A dripping waterfall is hidden in the underside of the steps up to the hut which causes a gentle splashing ambience and evokes the exotic and imaginative feel of a rainforest.
An oasis of calm retreat space in a courtyard which is surrounded by library and office buildings. It needed to provide an attractive space to be seen from inside the buildings around it, while giving a level of privacy and seclusion for those visiting the garden. It combines a central pond, curved timber shelter and modern geodesic greenhouse-style shelter, a large curved decking area and lush, green, herbaceous planting.
Large community garden
A mixed-use space combining social space, sensory garden and growing areas with raised beds and poly-tunnels.
Contemporary meadow garden
A modern country-style garden featuring circular forms with areas of mature trees, wild-flower meadow and a focal-point willow seat/shelter surrounded by concentric rings of wooden sleeper steps and flowering borders. At the entry near side a circular lawn area includes willow sculpture giant seed-heads which also give interest at height across the meadow area.
Plan view, showing deckchairs on the lawn area: