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Regenerative Natural Gardens is crafted around the passion of landscape architect Emmarie Otto, to regenerate landscapes into thriving and beneficial human-nature systems. Her interest lies especially in urban and peri-urban areas, where so much of the natural landscape has already been negatively impacted upon.
Emmarie specialise in Natural Gardens, a way to plan with nature and enhance the connection between built infrastructure and the services that nature provide at a planning level as well as at design level with indigenous gardens that are rich in biodiversity. She believes in designing gardens as functional systems from an ecological point of view. Gardens are more than plants and flowers, they have production functions of their own. A natural garden has no waste and can regenerate should external pressures not exceed its capacity to clean, renew, and keep the natural system healthy. Designing within the local context provides a foundation for a garden resilient to the climate and the functions it provides.
Embracing natural systems is the only functional way to create quality green spaces that contribute to healthy environments for man and nature. This design philosophy grows from a love for plants and the dynamic processes and services which these natural systems provides to man and which we so often neglect, hide and disconnect from.
Emmarie has over 25 years experience in landscape architecture and sustainable urban development. She has been involved in projects related to ''green'' (ecological) infrastructure, urban environmental projects, open space community upgrade projects and upmarket commercial, public and private landscape projects.
Emmarie obtained her Master in Landscape architecture from the University of Pretoria, titled: Ecological resilience and the interaction between the freshwater ecosystem services and built environment in the City of Tshwane, South Africa.
Emmarie also contributed to the online magazine, The Indigenous Gardener (https://www.theindigenousgardener.co.za) where she shared information about the gardens she designs, grassland specie plants and write about other inspirational natural gardens.
In recent years Emmarie has also worked in collaboration with Patrick Watson as a mentor on her design projects. Emmarie also interpreted conceptually on plan some of Patrick's recent designs. An enriching and valuable learning process in terms of her approach to process, design and plants.