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In the garden with: Petra Hirsch (garden planner)

Petra Hirsch © Petra Hirsch Gartenplanung

A courtyard garden in Rheingau that she designed is “Garden of the Year 2017”: The garden planner, Petra Hirsch, demonstrates amazing attention to detail in her projects. We spoke with her about what distinguishes a good garden and what the focus of her lecture at spoga+gafa is going to be.

You are holding a lecture at the Practical Garden Day of spoga+gafa on your job as a garden planner. What are the focuses of your work?

My focus lies on aesthetic, demanding private gardens. The emphasis is on the design with plants. In spite of the diversity of the plants, a garden should radiate peace, but also permanently arouse curiosity.

What do you attach importance to when designing a garden? 

For me the emphasis lies on a close collaboration with the respective contractors – because the garden should reflect their own personality, desires, personal philosophy of life and living culture.

Have the demands for the design of gardens and outdoor areas changed in past years? And if so, what does that mean for your work?

On the one hand, the demands in garden design are subject to the respective current fashion trends – for example at the moment great value is being placed on pools, garden kitchens and lounge areas. On the other hand, the demands in the quality of the materials have continually increased. Regarding the quality of the plant designs, I am observing major differences. However, in terms of my own work, not a lot has changed: I have always had very demanding contractors, who don’t orientate themselves so much on the trends, but instead place great value on a tailor-made, coherent overall concept and a nice and durably designed variety of plants.

© Petra Hirsch Gartenplanung

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Petra Hirsch runs her own garden planning office in Taunus and is the Chairman of the Hessen State Association of the German Society for Garden Art and Landscape Culture (DGGL). On 4 September she will present her projects during the Private Garden Planning Practical Day at spoga+gafa:

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