Not so in France - the risk of a very hefty fine from damaging a tree has resulted in some quite elaborate systems to ensure trees are protected against possible damage.The onus is clearly on construction and development companies, who will often have an in house team to ensure the protection of trees and the garden / woodland landscape as a whole. These teams enjoy a higher status within the whole industry. Whilst they are often viewed by the developer in the same way the British do with Health and Safety experts with a grimace whenever they appear the result is that the average French person can enjoy a continuation of tree lined avenues, woodland and parkland without any risk of depleting numbers of trees.
Each article is presented by landscape designer, Tracy Rich, who will examine a single garden and provide design tips based on that garden's layout, materials and planting.
Mien Ruys' own garden in the Netherlands is the ideal place to start a new series on design articles on 'Why this Garden Works'.
Lan Su is a great example of urban garden design. Its whole purpose is to help people relax and to inspire creativity by connecting with nature, even in the centre of town.
The main wow factor of this garden is the large perennial meadow out the back called Oudolf Field after its famous Dutch designer, Piet Oudolf. However, the gallery complex also contains some other very interesting spaces.
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