Mark Laurence's Blog

Musings on tree care, natural landscapes, vertical greening, sustainability and biophilia

A good transitional entrance space between house and garden
by Mark Laurence

This article was first published in 2009. There are few aspects of our built environment more emotive that that of

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by Mark Laurence

This article was first published in 2007 and has been updated 2018. Future gardens will be an integral part of

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Curvilinear form in the garden
by Mark Laurence

This was first published in 2009 and is referred to in Wikipedia.   Curves are an integral element of design

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A natural Xeriscape
by Mark Laurence

A problem, or an opportunity for a new landscape paradigm?   I was recently working on a tree project in

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by Mark Laurence

I’m pleased to have launched a new website and blog dedicated to this aspect of my work.  Over time the

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by Mark Laurence

On my most recent trip to Dubai, I enjoyed walking through some of the new landscapes that emerge as projects are completed.  The UAE,

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horticultural robot
by Mark Laurence

The way in which we design, create, maintain and use urban landscapes is likely to change radically in the next

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by Mark Laurence

This article first appeared in Pro Landscaper Gulf – a .PDF copy can be seen here on page 12.  It is

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by Mark Laurence

This review first appeared in Thinking Gardens in February 2016. This book represents a new wave of thinking about “natural”

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hazel pruning methods
by Mark Laurence

In my previous post I talked about a regenerative planting methodology for urban landscapes, in which I suggested you would

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