Michael Paul Harvey Landscape Design was established in 1997 to fuse the art of garden design with the practicalities of garden creation, and has since become known for accentuating the inherent beauty of spaces with startling simplicity.


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Spirit of Place

Searching for ‘What is appropriate?’ underpins how I work and why I place creative reliance on the intrinsic qualities of a space. Only through long observation can the essential characteristics of a site be identified, and only then can one begin to understand how to appropriately enhance these qualities in ways that foster a sense of place.

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The working relationships I share with clients and their gardeners are vital partnerships, as they lead to the exchange of ideas that drives the creative process. Designing a garden and creating a garden are distinct processes — the two are bridged when working alongside clients and gardeners during every project phase, and over the course of long-term management.

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Simplest of Means

Design born from the simplest of means achieves the most dramatic effect. Simplicity of concept and design, plantings appropriate to prevailing conditions, and skilled use of materials grant the freedom to explore and innovate spaces without the need for coy ornamentation.

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Painting With Plants

I compose with plants in landscapes as artists apply paint to canvases. But unlike the static painted surface, my work is a continual negotiation with nature and its processes; where ecology and aesthetics are considered equally, and where reason and romanticism must come together to forge spaces as practical as they are beautiful.

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More about Spirit of Place…

It was Alexander Pope who first applied the concept of PLACE to the design of landscapes and gardens, describing it as ‘Spirit of Place’ and epitomising it in verse: 'Consult the genius of the place in all; / That tells the waters to rise, or fall; / Or helps the ambitious hill the heavens to scale, / Or scoops in circling theatres the vale; / Calls in the country, catches opening glades, / Joins willing woods, and varies shades from shades, / Now breaks, or now directs, the intending lines; / Paints as you plant, and, as you work, designs.'



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