The Principles of Designing with Trees and Plants in Hong Kong

The Principles of Designing with Trees and Plants in Hong Kong

Date: 19th October 2011

Followed by: The Practice of Designing with Trees and Plants in Hong Kong

Date: 20th October 2011

This exceptional seminar, based on one which has run at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London, England for the past three years is aimed specifically at the tree and landscape professional and investigates aspects of contemporary and historical tree and planting design, be it in a residential garden, public park, sky garden and vertical wall.

Who should attend? Tree and Landscape Professionals who:

Design open spaces
Design planting schemes
Manage green spaces, historic or otherwise
Consider tree and landscape planting proposals
Plant trees
Manage trees and open spaces
Consider landscaping elements within planning applications


‘The right plant, in the right place’ is perhaps one of the most commonly uttered phrases in landscape design. But what is the right plant? And where is the right place? This new seminar will attempt to answer these fundamental questions.

How often are plants chosen from a core list of individual specimens, old favourites selected from a tick list table of horticultural attributes? Too rarely do landscape designers make use of the aesthetic power of trees and plants to create bold organic compositions. Too often historic landscapes are diminished or destroyed by ill-considered planting or management. Why? Because put simply, these principles of design and historical development have not been taught or fully appreciated by a whole generation of practitioners.

The objectives of the seminar are to:

Provide an understanding of the basic principles of designing with plants.
Examine what could be considered as good or bad design.
Give an historic overview of designed landscapes.
Examine how trees and plants can fit into our crowded urban cities.
Look at techniques to help us grow plants on urban streets, roofs and walls.

The day will include outdoor sessions which will inform the principles being discussed. It will provide a rare insight into this important area of design activity – and it may change the way you look at trees and plants in the designed landscape forever.


Clive Mayhew

Peter Thurman

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