Mark Whiting studied garden design with Inchbald Online from his base in Mallorca and has recently completed an exciting garden for a new hotel there, Hotel Conil.
‘I had 4 months to go from the first site visit to opening day of the hotel. The site is very exposed on the Atlantic coast and has huge extremes (it reached 42°C in August this year).
‘The initial ideas was simple, to break up the ‘squareness’ of the site by exploding a geometric shape and tilting the planting beds so it almost looks as though they think in the middle of the space.
‘I wanted the design to give interesting lines from above and to repeat the fractured nature of the shape in the planting and the water feature. The construction detail was much more complicated than I imagined and I had very many sleepless nights. I was able to specify a local white marble for the raised beds and the detail was completed very well.’
Mark Whiting, January 2012.