On a typical project, the directors all work together in the early design stages to develop the final project brief with our clients. Constraints of maintenance budgets and long-term care are identified upfront and used to test the design as it develops.
Once the concept is agreed, the development of the technical details is led according to each person’s strengths and experience. Jose leads the hard landscape coordination; Jennifer coordinates soft landscape development; and Phil reviews the operational issues and works with suppliers and growers to finalise plant and material selection.
That said, not all commissions require a full landscape design service and we are happy to contribute to any aspect of the work stages, from feasibility to post-completion stages.
Horticulture is the art, science, technology and business of cultivating plants for human use.
MRG Studio offers horticultural advice to help make landscape design distinctive, enhance landscape management, support ecological restoration, develop living collections and augment plant propagation. Our integrated approach means that the horticultural advice we provide is informed by our experience in landscape, architecture and urban planning.
Before co-founding MRG Studio, Phil Griffiths was a horticultural manager at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew for over twenty years. During this time, he managed the glasshouse conservatories (Palm House, Princess of Wales Conservatory, Temperate House) and he served as a horticultural consultant to external design practices as a member of the Kew Innovation Unit.
The handover of the landscape to the owner presents the practical commencement of stewardship and to some degree the passing on of design responsibility to the end user. Landscapes are living environments in which maintenance plans should not simply be fixed tasks executed along a rigid timeline.
For instance, how and when in the year a native meadow is mown determines not only whether or not it will thrive, but when it will bloom, thereby inducing a ‘natural’ selection of what will flower with ecological and aesthetic consequences.
Our horticultural expertise enables us to help our clients to make the most out of their landscapes well after the formal design process. In giving clients the tools to shape how the landscape evolves in future, we nurture the senses of ownership and stewardship that help ensure that people and place will thrive in tandem.