Project Description

Winner of the ‘best outdoor space in Europe’ at the Ahead Awards in 2018, the brief was to create a lush, tropical garden within the courtyard for this ultra-luxury boutique hotel by cladding the walkways with climbing plants.

Working under the instruction of Bas Smets bureau we acted, over a two year period, as the horticultural consultant, plant supplier and contractor to deliver the design of this experimental planting. A lightweight, but dependable growing media was produced, followed by a large mock-up planting to test this and various climbing plants through winter. Trachelospermum jasminoides, Solanum album, Passiflora caerulea were selected and contract grown in Pistoia.

We also sourced and installed the two 3.6m tree ferns in the basement courtyard and continue to be involved consulting on the maintenance of the planting.

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