by Mark Laurence

Rain gardens are a relatively new approach on how to deal with water in the environment. In the last 10-15

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The dry garden - created over the remains of an old driveway
by Mark Laurence

The emergence of the idea of resilient planting is a response to a number of different pressures which all have

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Living walls as part of a building biomembrane
by Mark Laurence

NOTE: This article was first written in 2006, so some aspects have been updated to reflect current realities. Biomembranes is

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Vertical flow pond biofilter
by Mark Laurence

The maintenance of ponds is the one thing that people seem to be the most uncertain about – it seems

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A natural water garden. The stream has built in biofilters to cleanse the water
by Mark Laurence

Water in its purest form is the most simple of compounds – two atoms of hydrogen to one of oxygen

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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 Abu

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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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