21.04.18

SGD SPRING CONFERENCE - A LIGHT TOUCH

A big thank you to the Society of Garden Designers for the fantastic conference yesterday. The speakers were all outstanding! A lot of food for thought... Frankly this is the understatement of the year, more like: I left a better designer than I came in. Yes it was that good! Amazing to hear from professionals at the top of their games, who are also pioneers, full of gusto, self deprecating and using humour at any given opportunity. Big love for the industry! (and total reverence for Rick Darke and Julie Bargmann, I will never look at the New York High Line the same way..).

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02.04.18

BECOMING A MEMBER THE SOCIETY OF GARDEN DESIGN

I am delighted to announce that I am now officially a fully registered member of the Society of Garden Designers after having successfully completed their full adjudication process. I'm so proud to be joining the SGD family. The SGD works tirelessly to promote best practice and high standards within our industry. This is a stamp of high quality and a recognition by my peers, which means a lot to me!

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08.03.18

CPD- UNDERSTANDING DISABILITY IN GARDEN DESIGN

The workshop wasorganised by the wonderful charity Thrive https://www.thrive.org.uk/ in  their office and gardens hid away in Battersea Park. It has been proved time and time again how people will ill health or mental health issues can benefit hugely from being in a garden, whether taking part of its care or simply being there. It was great to meet our fellow attendees, some of them nurses and practitioners, designers, community leaders, gardeners and charity workers. We learned about disability access, universal design, attention restoration theory, the biophilia effect, therapeutic and restorative gardens. We also learned more about the amazing work that Thrive does. A big thank you to Thrive and Damian Newman for a very instructive and inspiring day!

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05.03.18

WE'RE HIRING!

GARDEN DESIGNER ASSISTANT

We are a small and innovative garden design studio based in South London. We are looking for a motivated team member with a can-do attitude, willing to develop their design skills and grow with the practice.

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Must have:

  • Diploma/Degree in Garden Design or Landscape Architecture or equivalent professional experience working in a landscape/design office.
  • Proficient in Vectorworks, Sketchup, Microsoft Office and Adobe Suite.
  • Experience in construction detailing and technical drawings.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines at times
  • Ability to work individually as well as closely with the main director.

Desirable:

  • Experience and interest in Planting Design
  • Strong plant knowledge
  • Interest in sustainable design
  • Hand drawing skills
  • PR and Marketing, social media knowledge
  • Clean Driving licence

What we offer in return:

  • A friendly, supportive and collaborative environment
  • An exciting CPD yearly program including a few field trips.
  • An opportunity to be included with all aspects of the design process and the running of a design studio.
  • A competitive salary

Application deadline: Friday 16th March

Starting date: Monday 23rd April 

If you’re interested, please send your CV, portfolio and a cover letter to:

info@barbarasamitiergardens.co.uk by the 16th March with Subject Title – “Joining the team”.

08.11.17

ABOUT EXCELLENT GARDEN DESIGN

I can't resist to draw your attention to these few kind words at the end of Alex Mitchell 's column in the Homes and Property section of The Evening Standard today.                                                              "GARDEN Design should solve practical problems - and this one does that effortlessly. But excellent garden design is about doing this and much more, and Samitier has shown a flair here that makes it simply a beautiful space,..".                                                                                                                                        

You can read the rest of the article below or by clicking on this link: https://static.homesandproperty.co.uk/s3fs-public/files/file/2017/11/09/11/binder1.pdf

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12.10.17

BEFORE AND AFTER

What a difference a year makes! ....Looking forward to photographing this garden next summer once the planting is in full leaf/bloom! Really proud of this project. Wish I could move in...

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19.09.17

GARDEN LIGHTING

Garden lighting forms an integral part of the whole design package that we offer to our clients. It is essential in creating an atmosphere, and bringing in the magic, which is exactly what we are trying to do when we design our gardens. We want to go beyond a good looking plan and stunning images, we want to create an ambiance. With garden lighting, less is definitely more. It's not about flooding the whole space but about layers of diffuse light, a few accents, shadows, and depth. Here are a couple of pics I've taken with my mobile phone as we were testing the lighting system in two gardens about to be completed.

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13.07.2017

GROWING

Lilly has officially joined the practice so we are officially a team now! With a background in construction and having worked along some of the most talented and renowned garden designers in Australia, Lilly brings a fresh approach and bags of enthusiasm. The office runs more efficiently while feeling more joyous and creative. She will be involved in every aspect of the design process while I keep a close eye and contact with every single client and project.

Hooray for team work! Welcome Lilly!

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10.06.2017

COMMERCIAL PROJECT - ALMOST COMPLETED

I am really excited to have been commissioned to redesign the large garden of The Crown at Aston End, a large pub located in the beautiful Hertfordshire landscape.  

The garden is almost completed now (photographed below by the talented Alexandra Davies at dawn), just a few tweaks required with planting and lighting and I’m pleased to say the very strict deadline has been met! I will be missing that drive though through the stunning fields, hills and charming hamlets which I have fallen in love with over the last two months.

This was the first time I designed a pub garden so it definitely was a learning curve, collaboration with my clients was key and I’m thankful for their input and answering all my silly questions.  Collaboration is what we’re all about and thrive on. In fact I’d like to put a call out here, collaboration work welcome here, just get in touch! I must point out though that this was particularly exciting to me as rarely do projects combine so many interests of mine: love of food, entertaining, making sure all people have a good time, views onto open countryside and…slowly roasted chicken.

A big shout out for the amazing team of contractors we’ve had the great pleasure to work with who delivered an ambitious scheme within an extremely tight timeline. 

View more photos and find out more about the design here.

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05.05.2017

THE TALE OF TWO GARDENS

One of the aspects I love the most in my job is that each project is intrinsically different and caters for different people and needs. I always ask many questions about my clients' lifestyles to try and gauge as precisely as I can what makes them tick, how they’re likely to engage with the garden, beyond their wish list. And of course the site and surroundings dictates a lot of the design. 

In this example I designed two completely different gardens despite the two plots being almost identical in shape, location and size and next door to each other. I designed the first garden (pictured here on the right) for a retired couple who had downsized from a large property with a large garden to a smaller house in an award winning sustainable high quality modern development designed by Foster Lomas.  My clients have developed a taste for modern and pared down design while having a penchant for beautiful planting combinations, having enjoyed nurturing a much larger garden in the countryside for years which they still own and visit at the weekend. The minute garden (8x5m) is at an angle and Foster Lomas have extended the internal polished concrete flooring outside by a meter or so following the angle of the rear boundary. This is a great detail that blends the inside and outside and stretches the indoor space into the garden. Both my clients and I were keen to take the cue from it. Therefore the layout of the whole garden derives from this line, following it in some places and deconstructing it in others. After I had completed this garden, the young family next door contacted me to redesign theirs. How interesting I thought as their profile, temperament, lifestyle and stage in their lives were totally different. Therefore despite an identical site, the brief was so different! I’ve found this exercise fascinating and have enjoyed it tremendously. The result is two gardens side to side that look and feel completely different while that sitting perfectly well within the same development and fitting each owner to a T.

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10.04.17

LOOKING GOOD ALREADY

Following the previous post, the large 40 square meters deck, a third of it suspended towards the tree canopies, is almost finished. Looking good already, don't you think? And more importantly it FEELS good standing on it, feels as if you're floating and as if you were closer to the trees. 

23.03.17

BEING BUILT AS WE SPEAK

This is a busy time for us at the moment! A lot of what has been designed over the last few months is finally being built. Here is a taster of the many fun projects soon to be featured on our portfolio pages: A floating platform, a bespoke wavy balustrade and a slide to take you from the main deck to the adjacent wooded area.

12.1.2017

I'M EXCITED ABOUT THIS PROJECT...

This is a unique plot complementing an original 1960s house that has been refurbished by its new owners with a lot of flair.  They've asked me to design a garden that will be in keeping with the house as well as dissolve into a wildlife-friendly garden (including some beehives) towards its perimeter and boundaries.  This is a very exciting project with a brief right up my street!

09.01.2017

NEW YEAR, NEW OFFICE...

It's a new dawn, a new day, a new gate...

After years of growing my business organically from home, I am moving into an office space and building a small team around me. Feeling delighted and excited about new projects, future collaborations and team work!

The perfect way to start the year I say! Happy New Year to all my clients and thank you for all your support over the years!

22.03.16

THIS STUNNING HOUSE CONVERSION (designed by Delvendahl Martin Architects) DESERVES A STUNNING GARDEN, DO YOU NOT AGREE?

Well we think so anyway and are pleased to announce that it will be getting one soon. Construction starting in April. Watch this space..