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Richard Nicolle

Garden and Greenwall designer

Professional Garden designer and horticulturist, now specialising in Biophilic Design. This is a new term for an old medium. Nevertheless it defines our comfortable relationship with natural forms and resonates with our new agendas for Wellbeing and Environment. 

Started as Professional photographer: One highlight being a one-man exhibition at the Fox Talbot Museum followed by an invitation to exhibit at the London Photographer's Gallery which launched my interest in narratives in photo montage and audio visual.  

Evolved into a career as film maker, with 21 years in broadcast television in BBC, London Weekend Television and Independent production companies for Channel 4.

My career changed direction 20 years ago towards the more immersive world of the outdoors when I studied Horticulture and the History of Gardens. 

Garden design is a complex medium involving all the senses, seasons, growth and decay, and Time. Gardens are, in effect, Installations where Nature's narratives are ravelled up in our own memories and experiences. It's far more complex and demanding than film. The world of the Garden invites collaboration with other Arts disciplines, Biologists, Ecologists, Engineers and Architects. It’s not all about horticulture, it’s about garlanding the spaces we occupy with meaning and expression. I have exhibited at RHS shows and received a Silver Gilt award for a design at Hampton Court Show. 

In 2014 I devised a major Garden event with Sheffield City Council at the Botanical Gardens. The aim of the show was to connect Gardens, Nature and Art by bringing together Artists, Designers and Makers from a wide range of related disciplines. The event was a great success and paved the way for the subsequent RHS Chatsworth Shows.

Currently, when time and clients allow, experimenting with Living walls and biophilic installations for urban spaces: factories, public spaces, homes and retail.