Gardening and Landscaping Mission to the Netherlands Part Three…Rotterdam

0 Written by Lisa on 31st Oct 2014 in Inspiration

Rotterdam Citizens Crowdfund wooden yellow walkway Lisa Cox Garden Designs

This is the last blog post about my trip to The Netherlands last week and today I’m going to share some of the images I took in Rotterdam where we spent most of day two.

Rotterdam Citizens Crowdfund wooden walkway Lisa Cox Garde Designs

Rather strangely I really liked the yellow timber floor of the Citizen’s Crowd Fund wooden walkway which had been designed and installed to enable people to get to various parts of the City without crossing a road.  I think perhaps the yellow works here because the timber is fresh and hasn’t yet silvered so I wonder if I’ll feel the same about it in a few years time.

As this was a community project, each plank of wood was donated and the engraving you see here relates to the person who donated it – most were just names, but some had used the opportunity to do a bit of business promotion!

Rotterdam Citizens Crowdfund wooden bridge Lisa Cox Garden Designs

We actually started the day at Benthum Square a “water square” which has been designed to manage the surface water when there is a significant amount of rain in a short space of time.

Benthum Square Rotterdam Lisa Cox Garden Designs

It didn’t really do anything for me from an aesthetic point of view, but I did think it was a really interesting idea for cities where they have issues with surface water.  Basically it’s designed to fill up when it rains hard and fast so that, in effect, it becomes a deep pool of water.  A network of cleverly engineered pumps then slowly takes the water into the sewerage system so that it doesn’t overflow and cause issues.

In Rotterdam they’ve also been looking at ways to reduce surface water run off and we visited a couple of roof gardens which have been designed to capture and use water in an attempt to take away the strain on the city’s drainage systems.

DakAkker, the roof garden below, was set up as an experiment in 2012 and is now the largest harvestable roof garden in the world.  Again, it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing space (although might have helped if we were there in the summer), but it was still interesting to learn about the thought behind its construction and use.

DakAkker Roof Garden Rotterdam Lisa Cox Garden Designs

This roof garden is now an educational space and a venue for pop-up events including a Cafe where they cook and sell produce from the garden.

DakAkker Roof Garden in Rotterdam Lisa Cox Designs

This slightly random picture is of the concrete air vent on top of the roof – I liked the circular layers…

Concrete air vent on DakAkker Roof Garden Lisa Cox Designs

The next roof garden, DakPark, was 8 hectares and the largest in Holland.  It was designed as part of a new private commercial development where they wanted to create a space for the public to use.  There were quite a few hoops to jump through to get the idea through planning, but they’ve ended up with a large park which would have otherwise been more concrete.

View from the walled garden DakPark Rotterdam Lisa Cox Designs

DakPark Rotterdam Lisa Cox Garden Designs

DakPark in Rotterdam Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The water feature was interesting as each of the steps were were designed in a way that made the water pause at each step – hard to describe!

Stepped water feature in DakPark Rotterdam Lisa Cox Designs

And the last visit of the day was to Euromast Park, a park along the river Maas which is well known because of the Piet Oudolf borders.

Piet Oudolf planting in Euromast Park Rotterdam Lisa Cox

Euromast Park Oudolf planting Lisa Cox Garden Designs

So that’s it from our Landscaping Mission to The Netherlands.  It was an inspiring and interesting trip and so great to meet some new and interesting UK designers too…

Team photo Landscaping Mission to Holland Lisa Cox Garden Designs


(Images: Lisa Cox

Gardening and Landscaping Mission to the Netherlands Part Two…The Nurseries

0 Written by Lisa on 30th Oct 2014 in Inspiration, Plants

Field grown trees at Boomkwekerij Ebben Nursery Holland Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Earlier this week I shared some images of the Villa Augustus hotel.  But today I want to share some photos of some of the fabulous nurseries we visited whilst we were there.  Most of the images were taken on my phone so they’re not really up to scratch, but I hope you enjoy all the same… Read more

Gardening and Landscaping Mission to the Netherlands Part One…Hotel Villa Augustus

0 Written by Lisa on 28th Oct 2014 in Inspiration

Villa Augustus Hotel Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Last week I spent 3 amazing days in The Netherlands with some fellow UK based garden designers.  The trip was organised by Henk de Jong, Agricultural Counsellor at the Embassy of the Netherlands in London, and Andrew Fisher-Tomlin. Read more

The best gardening gloves in town

1 Written by Lisa on 24th Oct 2014 in Design Tips


I’ve recently ordered a new box of Atlas gardening gloves and it wasn’t until I was placing the order that I realised the last batch lasted me 5 years!  I was first introduced to them when I worked with Garden Designer, Fiona Stephenson, and I’ve used them ever since. Read more

5 trees that work hard in all seasons

0 Written by Lisa on 21st Oct 2014 in Design Tips, Plants

Autumn colours in Wales Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I love the autumn when the leaves start to turn and the colours become warm and vibrant.  This year it seems to be taking a while to get going, in fact yesterday it was a barmy 20 degrees in Surrey, but there are some signs that the trees are turning. Read more

From the drawing board: Concept sketches for a client in Weybridge

0 Written by Lisa on 14th Oct 2014 in From the drawing board

Concept sketch for Weybridge back garden Lisa Cox Designs

I have recently been working with a client in Weybridge who is now in throws of having a new glass box style garden room built at the back of the house. Read more

Inspiration from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

0 Written by Lisa on 7th Oct 2014 in Inspiration

The Olympic Rings Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Last week I showed some images of my visit to the Thames Barrier Park in London.  On the same day we also visited the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which is now, for the most part, open to the public so I thought I’d share some of the photos I took along the way. Read more

A visit to the Thames Barrier Park in London

0 Written by Lisa on 3rd Oct 2014 in Inspiration

Thames Barrier Park Lisa Cox

I met up with an old friend on mine in London on Monday.  We decided to go to the Thames Barrier Park which I’ve always wanted to see and never quite got around to. Read more

Inspiring day in Somerset – Part Three

2 Written by Lisa on 30th Sep 2014 in Inspiration

Shaftesbury Gold Hill Lisa Cox Garden Designs

As you know, last Tuesday I went with my friend and fellow garden designer, Jane Shankster, to visit the Piet Oudolf garden at the new Hauser & Wirth gallery in Somerset. Read more

An inspiring visit to Hauser & Wirth in Somerset – Part Two

6 Written by Lisa on 27th Sep 2014 in Inspiration

Salvia at Hauser Wirth Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Part two of my visit to Hauser & Wirth in Somerset on Tuesday features some close-up photographs I took of the planting.  The sunlight was diffused by the misty air which made for some good shots. Read more

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