Winchester gardens

Private and public gardens in Winchester, Hampshire, UK.

As Winchester is is our main base, we are keen to encourage readers to look at and debate about good local examples of gardens, evolved or designed!

We hope that early in the New Year we will be able to add an image upload function to the blog, where we will discuss the best planting combinations, garden design solutions, accessories and exterior style, with our followers, through pictures.

The effort will be to develop an ongoing document on the residential and public green spaces of Winchester, Hampshire, and to record styles and trends towards further greening of our immediate environment.

We start with some nice gates, in the December snow; Queen Eleanor's Garden, one of very few surviving original medieval gardens, and the renowed Hilliers Arboretum...

New Thinking in Contemporary Landscape Design

Welcome to Esterni Design Partnership's new blog.  We'll illustrate and comment on landscaping trends, garden and planting designs and, in time, provide a fluid, stimulating and cross-disciplinary visual resource for great architecture and design of all things exterior: that will be plants (my passion), built elements, material combinations, historical and contemporary gardens, design objects, even travel!

Landscape Design for Health

We are an architect and a designer passionate about integrated design and the benefits of life outdoors, be it nature, park or garden. It was great to hear yesterday a feature on R4, "Costing the Earth", on new thinking being applied to the area of architecture and urban landscape design, called "active design".  In short, this is about designing buildings and cities so that  effort, (as well as recreational green space!), is put back into our daily living and working. This is in response to the lack of effect that 'instruction' by Government and Health bodies has had on on what is now being considered an epidemic of weight related illnesses. So 'construction', and the opportunity for architects and town planners to "design in" health into our daily routines is now being given a chance.

Here are some of my photos of a beautifully designed, healthy green space in Sidney, Australia on a refurbished reservoir site off the Oxford Road.

Paddington Reservoir gardens, Sidney, NSW

Paddington Reservoir Gardens, Sidney, NSW

Paddington Reservoir Gardens, Sidney, NSW

Paddington Reservoir Gardens, Sidney, NSW

Paddington reservoir gardens, Sidney, NSW