Design Statement

“In landscaping I want to realise an image – not just visual, but emotional images, the success of which relies on the essential tangibility and coherence of the design, on communicating the design intent, and on maintaining a dialogue with it.

I love minimalist design but I don’t admire reductionism at the expense of a pragmatic solution, aesthetic sensitivity or natural qualities. It’s a kind of minimalism with warmth and energy, character and affection: simplicity with the benefit of atmosphere.”

“Abstract experiences of simplicity and emotive quality that share first place with my love of old gardens and natural landscapes, where plants are allowed their natural form…

… I’m drawn to old-garden textures and natural qualities, and want to bring that richness of texture into a lucid, defined and spatially cogent framework.”

Gillian Ashley, Principal Landscape Designer GA-GA