We’re (almost) sure that the sun will come out soon and we’ll get a shot at long, lazy summer weekends, BBQs and entertaining in our outside space.
It’s time to get our garden summer-ready and who better to tell us how it’s done than David and Harry Rich – brothers and founders of award-winning landscape design studio Rich Landscapes.
Here David and Harry share advice on green living and how to create layers within the garden through walling, shrubs, trees and plants…
Have you always been interested in landscaping and garden design? What made you start Rich Landscapes?
Not at all, but coming from Wales we have always loved being in the natural landscape and the feelings it creates. We studied as landscape architects at university and this is where our passion for design came about. It wasn’t the goal to work for ourselves but we ended up partnering up to create Rich Landscapes. We’ve been very grateful for that decision, as we love what we do now.
Where do you find your design inspiration?
We source our inspiration for everywhere, architecture, fashion, art, nature, traveling. Most of the time we can just see the way we want to take the project and then the rest follows. Its great having a clear brief or understand and then the rest organically comes, its quite a fluid process.
You’re a family business (like us!) – how do you find working together?
It works really well. Its amazing how similar and different we are, it makes it easy to bounce ideas off each other. We don’t have individual roles in the studio, being just the two of us provides the opportunity to cover every aspect of our work. This is something we see being very important and this alone gives us a really deep understanding of our work. We even share making the tea!
What would be your top tips for garden design? Any big trends emerging this summer?
When we sit down to start any design we first look to break the garden into rooms, this provides the opportunity to create layers within the garden and can be achieved through walling, shrubs, trees and plants.
We feel that stepping back to nature has become more important lately, its an innate part of who we are as people to not lose that simple and fundamental connection. If its water, woodland or meadows there is always a form of artistry to the way nature has crafted our surroundings.
What has been your proudest moment/biggest achievement so far?
So far we have had two very proud days, first was winning a gold medal for our main show garden at Chelsea and the second was when we were told that we had been chosen to create a garden for Chanel.
Are you working on any exciting projects at the moment?
We visited Yangshou in southern China last November and we are in the final stages of the contract. This project will be an incredible opportunity, surrounded by tall limestone peaks and a misty atmosphere its sense of place is very unique.
We are designing a complex of spaces for Massimo Dutti in Barcelona, it’s a famous shop on the Passeig de gracia. Our inspiration has been very much to capture the modernista movement that’s ingrained in the history of Barcelona. We have a couple of projects coming up which will take us abroad and keep us in London so a nice eclectic mix.
GARDEN DESIGN INSPIRATION:
From Kate Young’s home tour.
Designed by yours truly.
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