Joanna Wall is a chartered landscape architect and garden designer with 15 years experience in private, commercial, heritage and ecological landscapes and implementation across the whole of the UK and overseas. She started her career working for a multidisciplinary engineering company, but quickly realised her focus and passion lay in more personal and design-focused schemes, therefore over the past 10 years she has worked on over 60 projects of private gardens, hotels, courtyards, large country estates and new build Paragraph 55/79 exceptional house permissions.
From designing small London gardens, through to the rejuvenation of walled gardens, masterplanning and garden design for large estates, she was also involved in creating themed landscapes for glamping sites, designing new playgrounds and public parks. Joanna has had the most exciting career with fantastic opportunities to work on unusual and fun projects where she could collaborate with some of the best architects, landscape architects and garden designers. This includes creating gardens for a new contemporary house designed to float on a lake contrasting with designs for formal gardens of a Jacobean hall that used to be a cheese making factory and wedding venue to help the new owner to convert bare grounds into family gardens once again.
As designing show gardens is something that she hasn’t done before, Joanna decided that BBC Gardener’s World Live would be a good opportunity to give it a go and with her design for HEADSPACE border she has been shortlisted to take part in a competition for the best Beautiful Border.
Inspired by life experience, Joanna has stopped to look deep within herself to discover whom she is, where she belongs and to recognise where her real passion lies; designing artistic and thoughtful gardens combining her love for nature, people and life.
It is HER OWN SPACE within her brain that allows Joanna to create the way she does, to try to balance, all at once; creative, imaginative, intuitive, emotional thinking, but at the same time being logical, practical and reasonable.
The border is an abstract representation of Joanna’s brain illustrating this process. It’s where both right and left sides meet, without competing, in a seamless joining of logic and emotion.
The structural plants were chosen and planted in a regulated way to represent the orderly left side of the brain. The right side of the border was planted with softer, natural looking plants, set loosely and in groups, as they would grow naturally, evoking the more artistic hemisphere. The raised metal planters where used to celebrate both parts of the brain, cooperating in harmonious way, allowing Joanna not only create but also live a balanced and happy life.
The water, in an analytical way, is a representation of a cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds our brain, but in more symbolic way it represents life, endless inspirations, renewal and our connection with nature.
© Joanna Wall Landscapes 2020 • Website constructed by GD Associates • Photos by: Colvin and Moggridge and Ibbotson Studios