Mark Laurence's Blog

Musings on garden design, natural landscapes, vertical greening, sustainability and biophilia

Adaptive treescapes and landscapes for a changing world

by Mark Laurence

This is last in a four-part series of articles on this subject, somewhat separated from the other three by time,

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The self-seeded garden
by Mark Laurence

About 60% of my garden planting consists of self-seeded plants, which might seem surprising. I’m particularly focusing here on my

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by Mark Laurence

A tide of change is sweeping the world, changing all before it. Where we will end up, no-one knows, but

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by Mark Laurence

This is the third in a four-part series. In previous articles (links at bottom) I talked about the spontaneous regeneration

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by Mark Laurence

In part one of this four-part series, I discussed the colonization of brownfield sites in the UAE’s cities with a

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Natural regeneration on a brownfield site Dubai
by Mark Laurence

This is the first of a four-part article, links to the others are at the end. These articles are all

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Mark Laurence's gravel garden
by Mark Laurence

Gravel gardens have been around a long time yet with a few well-known exceptions (Denmans, Beth Chatto and more recently,

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by Mark Laurence

If you work in the realm of landscapes, you cannot ignore the huge rise in the use of artificial plants,

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Trees add height and microclimate
by Mark Laurence

Landscapes are all about creating micro-climate, or would be, if designed for that goal. Why is this important and what

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Grassess in Abu Dhabi
by Mark Laurence

The other side of work I undertake in the Middle-East region (other than tree consultancy) is planting design, for creating

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