The garden is a place of transition.

Whether we are embracing or escaping, daydreaming or doing, sharing or solitary, listening or performing, the garden articulates with us; we inhabit it, and over time through memory, it inhabits us. This dialogue with the garden, how a moment and space relate, informs an intuitive design process.

A garden is a collection of considerations:

  • Having an awareness and being responsive to the surrounding environment, influences the form and usage of the garden.
  • Understanding that a lived or imagined moment is a stimulus to the creation of a place, and in turn recognising that these places and desired moments create the unique story of a garden.
  • Designing flow into the garden, a journey, establishes rhythm and tempo.
  • Using the principles of forest garden design: planting a working ecology of plants, suited to the environment, productive in diverse ways.
  • A naturalistic planting style, cohering the whole.

Design is client-rich.

Together walking through the garden, exploring conjured moments and emergent form, leads to an evolving design that establishes a personal connection to the garden.


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Concept proposals.

A garden design will create a space that is not only beautiful but that works hard for you, your family and your lifestyle. The design will take into account all of your dreams and visions as well as considering the practicalities of your everyday life, but will also push your boundaries and inspire you with ideas you may not have considered. 

Following on from the initial consultation and exploration of the space alongside the client, the process of garden design begins with initial garden drawings; formulating a sense of what the client is imagining based on the brief, and offering a range of interpretations and solutions. Using a mix of collage and light movable mark making, the vision for your project will begin to unfold. The drawings f enable the client to begin exploring options for their garden design and marks the start of a dynamic, collaborative garden design process. 








Concept drawing, cConrad Batten garden design.

Landscape Plan.

The first draft landscape plans translate concept ideas onto a survey drawing.

Further discussion with the client, is followed by research and site assessment, moving the initial drawings of the concept proposal stage into more detailed landscape drawings. The planning of the overall garden design becomes more particular, unique.


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The making is the translation of the garden design to the ground. At this stage, garden details are marked – such as movement in the space, placing of structures & social areas, growing beds and tree positions – and a working knowledge of methods and details of installation are finalised.

Garden construction can take various forms; from an evolving organic process to a scheduled process of elements within a defined time frame. Different gardens will emerge from each method.

A design and build service is offered:


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Planting plans.

The specifics of plant use within the garden design. 

Different areas will be identified, working to create a complex evolving ecology.




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Planning submissions can be prepared alongside a garden design, explaining the vision in a simple, easily understood document.