The Barbican Centre, London

The imperatives for changes to the gardens at the Barbican Centre in London were to reduce water usage and to minimise maintenance inputs and costs. All of the existing ‘municipal’ style plantings of over-mature shrubs, trees and lawns were removed.

Prof. Nigel Dunnett worked within the existing layout of this listed building and landscape, introducing mixes of perennials, bulbs and grasses that function as a dry meadow, or designed steppe, community. The year-round visual display of these designed plant communities benefits the 4000 residents of the Barbican Estate, the many thousands who use the area as a thoroughfare, and pollinating insects alike.

Read about the design approaches that were applied at The Barbican

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