university of greenwich at hadlow

June 4, 2010

The students studying landscape architecture and garden design  pinned up their final project work as part of the degree show in the design studio at Hadlow College this week. They use this campus in their first and second year but, spend all of the third or final year at the Avery Hill campus of the University of Greenwich. Most would agree that it’s good to return to Hadlow, especially at this time of year when the there’s a lot going on in the borders. The site that the project was based on, is a large private garden near East Grinstead with a choice from 3 scenarios for the client brief. It may not just remain a ‘paper project’ for some students as the clients may wish to proceed with certain areas if they like the ideas shown.  The first stage covered preparing a master plan  – drawings and covering documentation – at 1:500 scale before moving into design development stage – plans, model, sections and sequential sketches at 1:200 scale with overlays for structural planting, drainage, lighting etc. The final stage is worked at 1:50 scale with plans and accompanying 3 dimensional explanation. Technical detailing is also required at this scale. The examples below show that all their hard work pays dividends – all should feel good about their work if exhausted!

This is Elliott Green’s master plan – it’s my crooked picture not Elliot’s work ! Below in order: Felicity Mantella 1:200 + section; Jenn Moss 1:200 and concept plan; Juliet Peter’s birds eye drawing of  1:200 area.

Below Paco Alvarez model at 1:200 scale: Rali Zachieva and Will Blackledge plans at the same scale.

A few examples of sections through the garden areas from Paul Hadley; 2 from Sam Gall and finally Tomasz Tandecki.

To follow section and sequential sketch by Whitney Hedges; sketch of front garden from Lisa Vandepeer and 2 sequential sketches by Mo Murton.

Following on Peter Thomas’ Winter Garden at 1:50 scale; Karolina Malecha plan at 1:50 of ornamental  vegetable garden and Matt Dalby’s 1:50 plan of the walled garden.

To finish Rali’s visual of her green wall idea and 3 visuals by Joh Bates.

Some of these students will continue to study on the Post Graduate programme either next year or later on after working in the industry. Some may decide to work as sole practitioners and a few may just take a good break away but they all have talent!

This is where I came from.
I passed this way.
This should not be shameful
Or hard to say.

A self is a self.
It is not a screen.
A person should respect
What he has been.

This is my past
Which I shall not discard.
This is the ideal.
This is hard.
James Fenton

4 Responses to “university of greenwich at hadlow”


  1. I very much enjoyed these landscape designs. As you describe the technical process of developing these plans, I come to appreciate the complexity of large-scale gardens. There is much to consider—not just aesthetic considerations but also practical matters such as drainage and lighting. That’s the gap between the amateur and the professional. When I work on expanding and developing my domestic garden spaces, the drawings are in pencil and by comparison crude. Still, there is real pleasure in the act of drawing even simple gardens into being.

  2. julia fogg Says:

    There is a great pleasure in drawing which we try to encourage – CAD + other software programmes that edit images tend to overwhelm students in the learning process. It’s good to experiment and test out differing methods of presentation but nothing matches up to hand drawing.


  3. […] time taking 4 years. They have their own public show at Hadlow College (see last year’s post here)  and a few (featured here) are invited to hang their work with students from the Diploma and […]

  4. karlbarrett Says:

    Great post ;o)


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