The concept of biophilic design focuses on human’s innate attraction to nature and natural processes. As gardeners we can influence this connection by creating memorable landscapes that have strong natural elements. Using natural materials, creating vistas and views and providing areas of comfort and sanctuary all promotes a positive connection between people and environment.
I have built strong elements of architecture, structure and longevity into the planting in this Exeter garden (main image). This is primarily done through the use of evergreen topiary that complements existing garden features.
Biophilic designs have strong and often iconic elements. They will contain bold and defining planting and often a strong element of water. The Alhambra Gardens in Spain are centred on strong biophilic elements. The bold planting, central water feature and strong use of natural colours combine in this iconic garden.
Kenroku-en gardens in Japan embodies six paired features believed to comprise the perfect garden.
- Antiquity & artifice
- Seclusion & spaciousness
- Water & panoramic views
The simple use of single colour schemes, bold plant use and connections to the wider landscapes are at the very heart of the Japanese garden. These elements are also strong part of a biophilic designed garden. The biophilic garden has a strong natural element within it whilst also providing security, comfort and a sense of wonder for the user.
Wider aspects of biophilic design are demonstrated in the work of Oliver Heath. Their focus is on architecture, interior design and the connection to nature.