Our Creative Approach to Landscape Design

Our creative approach is led by the idea of giving structure to a garden and creating harmony in a landscape.

Green Parrot Gardens has an artistic-entrepreneurial approach to garden design. That is why we are not limited to one specific type or style of garden. Humans have always wanted to make a place their own. For this, we believe, people are looking for something enduring for their gardens that is beautifully conceived and created.

Creating something special and truly remarkable needs a lot of thinking, research and drawing. A lot of work, discipline and of course time goes into the creation of a garden. Every garden is very different from the next one, in terms of setting, aspect, slopes and terraces, trees and so on. So, consequently, even developing ideas for a garden is a lot of work.

Our creative approach is led by the idea that our clients are looking for designs that will give them not only pleasure and enable them to relax and get inspiration. Ideally a garden should speak to you year after year, maybe even generation after generation as its design matures.

Green Parrot Gardens | Creative Approach | Pine Bark

Green Parrot Gardens | Creative Approach | Pine Bark

Three main pillars support our creative approach to garden design: nature, history and curiosity

Nature is the ultimate master of design. We are constantly fascinated, inspired and overwhelmed by nature’s abundance of shapes, patterns, forms and structures. As artists we have a fine-tuned aesthetic perception and a “trained eye”. So, from the perspective of an artist-garden designer there’s almost too much material to work with and to derive ideas and inspirations from.

Green Parrot Gardens | Creative Approach | Castanea sativa

Green Parrot Gardens | Creative Approach | Castanea sativa

Learning from the history of gardens and art is indispensible. Building gardens is one of mankind’s earliest cultural achievements. What began for practical reasons quickly became equally important as something that served pure beauty, pleasure and relaxation. The history of gardens and art both serve as our “cornucopias of inspiration”. Knowing their history can e.g. help when making a new garden on a rather traditional basis, but with some new undertones maybe, or it could provide the inspiration to interpret, say a traditional pattern, radically new and apply it to a garden design of today.

Green Parrot Gardens | Creative Approach | Aloe vera

Green Parrot Gardens | Creative Approach | Aloe vera

Curiosity and love of experimentation leads to innovation. It is the driving force that keeps us as artist-garden designers striving for new designs and inventive solutions. There is an insatiable optimism and positive thought underneath every curiousity and will to experiment. Because when you do it methodically and decisively you not only give your work purpose, sense and meaning. You create something new and beautiful. Maybe for this reason the beautification of our surroundings is one of man’s oldest inherent properties.

Green Parrot Gardens | Creative Approach | Eryngium

Green Parrot Gardens | Creative Approach | Eryngium

Constraints set off creativity
For most of the time in history artists and garden designers have worked within the limitations that come with a commissioned work. Only quite late in history art incorporated the ideal of the “free expression of the self”.

We rather believe in adding artistic and real values for our clients to enjoy. Creating inventive, individual gardens, no matter if they are formal or informal, traditional, classic or contemporary makes a difference in our clients’ lives. We’re driven by the idea of beautifying their surroundings and thus serving their entertainment, relaxation, and inspiration.

So effectively, we welcome constraints, be it through established plants or existing structures or a garden’s use, its feelings or style. Limitations are a good starting point, they set off creativity.

Green Parrot Gardens | Creative Approach | Allium

Green Parrot Gardens | Creative Approach | Allium

No strict design rules in garden design – just harmony

We believe in defining and then “orchestrating” areas to balance emptiness and abundance. We’re not limited to a guide book – just “because it works”. We don’t repeat or simply copy what others have done. We don’t like doing the same thing over and over again. Nor do we follow ever the same strict rules in terms of styles or “do’s and don’ts”.

If there’s one guideline, it is “give structure and create harmony out of chaos” – the oldest motive of making art – it will speak to you and to others.