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Landscape Architects

Designing gardens implies many skills, but above all creativity. Here you will find a selection of landscape architects that we believe will be of inspiration. Be they Australians like Paul Bangay, Chinese like Kongjian Yu, British like Dan Pearson or Italian like Patrizia Pozzi; ideas will come from all around the globe. We will sweep virtually across the world introducing you to talented garden designers who work locally or abroad. The criteria of selection is totally independent with direct links to individual websites so that you can have up to date information on projects. Discover Landscape architects that reinvent space, enhance the beauty of nature and create meeting places where man meets nature. Many are trend setters, others invent spectacular colour combinations with plants, some have a great sense of structure and a few include modern art. Every designer will suggest a garden to visit, a garden that has in turn inspired their work, a connection to the History of Garden Design that goes back centuries, far before it became a recognized profession.

MODERN GARDENS

Landscape designers often find the way to break away from tradition, even if their cultural roots are bedded in the past. The amazing contribution of modern garden design is to interpret how we relate to plants and our landscape. Recent generations no longer have the ambition or presumption to dominate nature, appreciating it as one of the most precious dimensions of our existence on earth. Today aesthetics is just as important as wellbeing; a garden is often seen as an out door space to live in. Some of the finest designs one can find in gardens funded by county councils or foundations. Gardens have become a modern agora, where people meet and mix. It is the formidable use of space, be it on a roof top on an ex river bed or merely in a city centre, that makes for such diversity in modern garden design. This section is dedicated to designers so very different one from the other, from so many walks of life and different countries, but every one of them has been selected for the very special creativity they express. Our special thanks for sharing their projects with us all. 

Discover these great gardens of the world

Brief Garden by Bevis Bawa

Brief Garden is the most talked about private garden in Sri Lanka. It was home to Bevis Bawa. Located only 20 minutes away from the Aluthgama town, it boasts five acres of landscaped garden.

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Sunder Nursery

Sunder Nursery was established, in the early 20th century– to propagate saplings for New Delhi’s avenues and experiment with plants brought from other parts of the British empire. Following a 2007 MoU with government agencies, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture commenced conservation and landscape works at Sunder Nursery to create a 90-acre city park with distinct heritage, ecological and nursery zones and required facilities.

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Patrizia Pozzi

Patrizia Pozzi has always been passionate about Nature and Architecture and expresses her vocation in the profession of Landscape Architect.

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Stonefields

The layout of the garden is heavily influenced by the philosophy of Italian hill villas and gardens, with formal gardens flanking the entrance to the villa and a spectacular lawned garden containing a pool hugging the hill on the view side of villa. Plantings involve a juxtaposition of formal box hedges and shapes sitting with soft romantic herbaceous perennials.

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Rikugien Gardens

This strolling, mountain and pond-style garden was created based on the theme of Waka poetry in the 15th year of the Genroku Period (1702) by the shogun, Tokugawa Tsunayoshi’s trusted confidante Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu.

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Hakgala Botanic Gardens

This garden was established in 1861 for the purpose of experimentation and promotion of Cinchona cultivation in Sri Lanka and subsequently Tea cultivation. Today it stands as a fine masterpiece of natural landscape with many features providing educational opportunities, especially on hill country landscape gardening, floriculture and montane flora.

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Le Stanze in Fiore Di Canalicchio

The 7-acre garden surrounds the neo-classical country villa built in the 1800s. Work started in 2000 at the behest of Rossella Pezzino de Geronimo, with the idea of creating a contemporary flower garden bringing together about 1000 species of rare tropical and sub-tropical plants.

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Safdie Architects – Jewel Changi Airport

Project Jewel, a mixed-use complex at Singapore’s Changi Airport, combines the marketplace and the garden in a new typology.

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Kamel Louafi

Born in Algeria, he studied Landscape Architecture at the Technical University of Berlin from 1980 to 1986. During those years, he freelanced on several projects in Luxembourg and in Berlin. In 1996, he founded his own office, Kamel Loaufi Landscape Architects in Berlin. Since 2000, he is a curator member at Aedes/Berlin.

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Mukojima-Hyakkaen Gardens

Time honored garden filled with abundant flowers, a reminder of flourished cultural exchanges in the Edo period.

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Gilles Brusset

Gilles Brusset creates ephemeral or perennial artistic projects through public or institutional commissions. He works in Paris in the Belleville district and, in conjunction with his artistic activity, conducts master works in gardens and public spaces.

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Ivan Hicks

A UK garden designer and landscape artist, now based in Wiltshire, Ivan Hicks is best known for his highly acclaimed imaginative and innovative designs, the most well known and celebrated being “Butterfly World” at St Albans in Herts, the ”Enchanted Forest” at Groombridge in Kent, and ”Garden in Mind” in Hampshire.

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GREENinc

GREENinc is an award-winning landscape architecture and urbanism consulting studio based in Johannesburg, South Africa which was founded in 1995 – just a year after the birth of democracy in South Africa and at the beginning of a new era for landscape architecture internationally.

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Mark Lutyens

Mark Lutyens started as a gardener in the early 1980s and then trained as a Landscape Architect. He worked as a draftsman assistant in a number of different offices before setting up his own practice in the mid 1990s. His first big job was at Cowdray Park in Sussex.

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Tatyana Lazareva

Tatyana Lazareva, born 1985, is author of over 20 scientific articles and patents for inventions. She built more than seventy complete garden projects in Russia, Europe, and Southeast Asia.

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Andreas Kipar

Architect, landscapistand urban planner, Andreas Kipar is the founder and Creative Director of the international landscape architecture studioLAND,with offices in Germany, Italy and Switzerland.

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Michel Desvigne

Michel Desvigne is a landscape architect internationally renowned for his rigorous and contemporary designs and for the originality and relevance of his research work.

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Todd Longstaffe-Gowan

Todd brings to his garden design a sense of the complexities of our relation to the past that is informed by his training and experience as an architect, landscape architect, cultural geographer and historian.

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Les Jardins de Metis

Les Jardins de Métis, also known as Reford Gardens, were born in 1926. Elsie Reford started working on a fishing camp by the Metis River and she transformed it into a garden. In 1962 the gardens were opened to the public.

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Prabhakar Bhagwat

Guided by a strong sense of inquiry, uncompromising design ethics and a deep appreciation of plant material and ecology the studio undertakes commissions ranging from the design of new cities, to projects with philosophical and poetic imaginations in landscapes of innumerable types and scales.

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Kamelia Zaal

Kamelia Landscape Design is the design studio founded by Kamelia bin Zaal. Although her style of design has always been very contemporary she has become, over the last few years, an advocate for the use of indigenous plants and sustainable landscape design practises and therefore begun to design more natural organic landscapes.

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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

First notice about the place where now stands Shinjuku Garden dates back to 1590. Formerly a private mansion, owned by a feudal lord, Shinjuku Gyoen was then completed in 1906 as an imperial garden. After Second World War the garden was re-designated as a national park.

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Ben Scott

An hour drive from Melbourne, Australia, this eight-hectare property is perched on a hill at Flinders with sweeping views over Western Port Bay. Designed by Ben Scott of Ben Scott Garden Design, the one-hectare garden seamlessly surrounds the low-slung contemporary country home.

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Turenscape – Kongjian Yu

Turenscape was founded by Doctor and Professor Kongjian Yu (Doctor of Design, GSD, Harvard University) in 1998 and the company is a certificated first-level design institute by the Chinese government. With over 500 professionals, Turenscape is a multi- disciplinary design team that provides quality and holistic services in:

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Massimo Semola

Respect and nurture our planet, safeguard its beauty and its bounties for present and future generations: these are the ethics and principles which form the core of The Earth Charter, created in 2000 with the aim of promoting sustainable development on Earth. They are also the principles which have guided Agostino and Adriana Liuni, owners of the Rolej wine estate set amongst the undulating hills and sinuous valleys of Cavaglià and Roppolo in Piedmont, northern Italy.

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VanDusen Botanical Garden

VanDusen Botanical Garden is located in the heart of Vancouver, Canada with over 7,500 plant species and varieties from around the world. Formerly the Shaughnessy Golf Course, the land was redeveloped into a 55-acre botanical garden that opened in 1975. The garden is jointly operated by the City of Vancouver Park Board and the Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association.

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Marco Bay

Marco Bay had two masters who introduced him to landscape architecture: Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe and Nena Balsari. He founded his own studio in 1997, engaging in projects related to the garden and the landscape

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Cruden Farm

Cruden Farm is the beloved former home of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch. More than eighty years in the making and at the heart of a working farm, Cruden Farm’s garden is a delicate piece of country set amid dense suburbia that feels like it will endure forever.

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Dan Pearson

Dan Pearson Studio is a landscape design practice established in 1987 by internationally recognised landscape designer, Dan Pearson.  

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Arte Sella

Arte Sella: the contemporary mountain. A unique creative experience that in thirty years has seen the encounter of artistic language, sensibility and inspirations united in the desire of a fruitful and continuous dialogue between the creative and the natural world.

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Raymond Jungles

Since 1985, Raymond Jungles, Inc. (RJI), has developed a dynamic practice inspired by the ethic of stewardship of the land under the leadership of Raymond Jungles. The firm’s work is innovative yet timeless, proposing design solutions that respond to surrounding natural systems while restoring nature’s balance and harmony on a micro-scale.

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Labirinto della Masone

In the midst of the Emilian countryside, less than a ten-minute drive from Fidenza and fifteen from Parma, Franco Maria Ricci, publisher, designer and collector, has created the biggest bamboo maze in the world. Stepping over the threshold leads into a timeless dimension, where the taste for art and beauty are united with a passion for nature.

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Wyer & Co.

Anthony Wyer didn’t start his career in landscape design. Instead, a background in structural landscaping afforded him the ability to understand how things work, or don’t work when it comes to design.

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Villa Ottolenghi Wedekind

Villa Ottolenghi Wedekind garden was designed by Pietro Porcinai. Porcinai worked on the Ottolenghi garden in several phases until the 70s.

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Sunnylands Center & Gardens

© The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands Sunnylands center & gardens USA  Sunnylands Center & Gardens can be seen as one of the final gifts …

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Dangar Barin Smith

William Dangar is one of Australia’s pre-eminent landscape designers. With a career spanning 25 years and over 1000 gardens, William has designed and built some of the country’s most iconic residential landscapes.

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Arboretum Kalmthout

Arboretum Kalmthout is a botanical paradise situated in the north of the province of Antwerp. Since 1856 the plant collection of the 12.5 hectares garden has grown to 7.000 plant species from around the world.

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Wirtz International Landscape Architects

Founded by Jacques Wirtz, the studio is now run by his sons Martin and Peter.

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Shlomo Aronson

Founded by the late landscape architect Shlomo Aronson more than 50 years ago, the office is today headed by landscape architect Barbara Aronson and architect Ittai Aronson who continue to expand the professional legacy of a practice which creates responsible designs of all types and scales at all stages of planning.

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Emanuele Bortolotti

Emanuele Bortolotti was born in Milan in 1955. Always passionated by nature and landscape, he graduated in Agricultural sciences and later specialized in garden architecture. He is one of the founders of studio AG&P greenscape, in which he is the sole director and the holder with Paolo Villa and Paolo Palmulli.

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Isabel Duprat

Isabel Duprat is a Brazilian landscape architect, who founded her studio in São Paulo forty years ago. Along with her staff, she has developed numerous projects from conception to execution in an effort to identify the native assets of each site and enhance those potentials in the creation of pleasant spaces.

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Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens

In 1906, industrialist Pierre du Pont (1870-1954) purchased a small farm near Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA, to save a collection of historic trees from being sold for lumber. Today, Longwood Gardens is one of the world’s great horticultural displays, welcoming more than 1.5 million guests each year.

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André Heller Botanical Garden

This incredible garden is in Gardone Riviera, in the splendid context of Lake Garda. It is considered to be a true ecological ensemble without equal in other parks and botanical gardens.

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Aga Khan Garden

The Aga Khan Garden is a gift to the University of Alberta from His Highness the Aga Khan. It brings to life the principle of pluralism in a 4.8-hectare Mughal-inspired space where traditional Islamic landscape design takes on strikingly contemporary features.

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Alex Hanazaki

Alex Hanazaki is represented by a urban house where clients wanted to have a contemplative, colorful, intimate yet open garden embracing the architecture. The bold landscape design is inspired by the straight lines of architecture of this single floor house, collaborating closely with the architect and the clients.

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Scape Design

After establishing a reputation for community and Hospital gardens in London, James and Helen moved to the South of France and set up Scape Design sarl in 2000 in order to pursue their passion for creating sustainable landscapes and planting design for private clients.

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Martha Schwartz

Martha Schwartz is a landscape architect, urbanist, artist and climate activist. Her work and teaching focuses on the urban public realm landscape and its importance in making cities “climate ready”.

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Aga Khan Garden Alberta

The Aga Khan Garden is a gift to the University of Alberta from His Highness the Aga Khan. It brings to life the principle of pluralism in a 4.8-hectare Mughal-inspired space where traditional Islamic landscape design takes on strikingly contemporary features

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Junya Ishigami

Art Biotop Water Gardens is a project by Junya Ishigami + associates. It is a botanical garden in Tochigi, Japan.

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Butchart Gardens

Located in Brentwood Bay BC, The Butchart Gardens, has been enthralling visitors for over 115 years with its stunning 22ha (55acres) of floral display gardens. Jennie and Robert Pim Butchart began The Gardens in the early 1900’s, and today it is still privately owned and operated, now by their great granddaughter.

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Jardín de Cactus

Jardín de Cactus is situated on the edge of the village of Guatiza while also looking beyond its limits to the many cultivated quarries and craters embodying the fertile equilibrium between nature and culture existing on the island.

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Chiara Adele Balsari

Freelance, she has worked with her mother architect Elena Balsari Berrone for more than forty years in Italy and abroad. Urban development plans and green, Parks and Public Spaces, Private Parks and Gardens, Industrial areas, Offices, Historic gardens.

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Parco Giardino Sigurtà

Sigurtà Garden Park, owned by the Sigurtà family, is an oasis of nature on a hill just a few kilometres from Lake Garda and the cities of Mantua and Verona. Prizewinner as Italy’s most beautiful Park in 2013, thanks to its extensive size of 600,000 square meters and its annual flowerings that follow on season upon season, the Park has charmed millions of visitors over the forty years since it opened to the public

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Enzo Enea

In 2010, the Tree Museum officially opens its doors to visitors. It is created in a beautiful park of 75,000 square meters on the Obersee in Rapperswil-Jona, near Zurich. It shows a large number of trees selected from the collection of Swiss landscape architect and the collector of trees world famous Enzo Enea.

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Udo Dagenbach

Glasser and Dagenbach landscape architects in Berlin, Germany, was founded 1988 as GBRn

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Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

The gardens are home to a large and diverse variety of plants especially including endemics and species extinct in the wild. This 60 ha land at an elevation of 460 m above sea level in Peradeniya includes 4000 plant species. The gardens occupy a horse- shoes shapes peninsula around which flows the chief and longest river of Sri Lanka the Mahawali River.

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Jardin Majorelle

Jardin Majorelle was bought by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1980. The garden now offers a wide selection of botanical specimens.

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La Mortella

This is a contemporary landscape and botanical masterpiece, created
and cared for by Susana, wife of the late sir William Walton, one of the most important twentieth century British composers.

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Al Azhar Park

In 1984, His Highness the Aga Khan envisioned a park for the citizens of Cairo, one of the densest cities in the world. The 30-hectare site was selected, because of its enormous potential as a “green lung” at the centre of the historic city.

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Vladimir Tom Sitta

Sitta said: Gardens to me embody timelessness; ephemeral and anarchic. Time is a recurring theme in my designs. Time resents any attempt of its appropriation yet it is capable of universally responding to the contemporary human condition.

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Alexandre Grivko

Alexandre Grivko is the co-founder, art director and chief landscape architect of the international garden design and landscaping company Il Nature, with its head offices operating in Paris and London. Born to a diplomatic family, since early childhood Alexandre was exposed to the best international educational programmes in architecture, horticultural and landscape design.

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Babylonstoren

With the Simonsberg, Du Toitskloof and Franschhoek mountains as backdrop, Babylonstoren in the Drakentein Valley of South Africa sits at the heart of the Cape Winelands.
This restored Cape Dutch farm dates back to 1692. It’s reknown for its magnificent 3,5 hectares garden with pergolas, gravel pathways and water canals.

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Jardin des Cinq Sens

Located on the french shores of the Lake Geneva, The Garden of Five Senses is a vegetal case inspired by Middle Ages. On the heart of Yvoire, medieval village, Yves and Anne-Monique d’Yvoire have thought their garden according with the symbolism of mazes.

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Chang Architects

This is a Singapore-based practice that seeks out new meanings in the most seemingly mundane briefs, offering fresh interpretations of architectural spaces that meet the occupants’ needs, add values and enhance living, while co-existing harmoniously with nature and the environment.

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