about amir schlezinger
Garden Designer London
Well known for his ceaseless devotion to the landscape profession and continuous quest for design perfection, Amir Schlezinger crafts architectural outdoor spaces at the forefront of contemporary garden design in London. With twenty years of landscaping experience, Amir is a meticulous project manager, combining a personal approach with progressive garden design skills. With all our clients, Amir's key role is to transform aspirations into workable visions – creating ecological and beautiful, yet highly liveable contemporary gardens and rooftops.
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what the clients say garden designer q&a in the press
what the clients say
“We contacted Amir about a half-acre plot which included a concrete tennis court which had fallen into disrepair. Though we were clueless about horticulture and landscaping, we had a vague idea for a vision; Amir got it, immediately, and ran with it, far. He blended the need for a family-friendly space with a preference for indigenous, native plants with a keen eye for what works aesthetically, from grand vision to tiny details. The team was incredible too – it's been a pleasure: hard-working, respectful, helpful.”
“Amir designed our roof terrace and garden, and from the first meeting we were struck by his meticulous nature and his vast knowledge of all aspects of garden design and build, particularly when it came to choosing appropriate plants and materials. When it came to carrying out the work, Amir's team worked quickly and efficiently and the end result was beautiful; we could not have been happier. The whole process was so easy. If you're looking for a landscaper, I wouldn't go anywhere else.”
“After undertaking a home renovation, our garden was distinctly suffering and needed an upgrade. In all honesty it only took 2 easy meetings before the build, and during construction we did 2 emails! It was fun, easy and the results are breathtaking. Amazing makeover and just in time for spring. If you want a first class design for your garden with minimum fuss, on time, on budget then Amir's your man – I will recommend mylandscapes with pleasure.”
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“Amir is incredibly driven and knowledgeable, enthusiastic and capable of delivering outstanding results. His attention to detail and ability to listen and respond to our desires were invaluable in delivering our project on time, within scope and budget. The results speak for themselves – our apartment now has 2 utterly unique, beautiful outdoor spaces and we have Amir to thank.”
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garden designer q&a
Amir studied garden design at Middlesex University and Capel Manor College in North London, graduating with a BA Hons in 2000, and has designed and built over 250 projects since – developing a passion for roof terrace design. Amir is a prolific contributor and photographer in countless contemporary garden design books, magazines and blogs; born in the Mediterranean, his expert knowledge of diverse floras articulates a style of planting which fuses architectural plants with European design aesthetics – bound by an ecological mindset.
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Q. Do you prefer designing gardens or roof terraces?
Working chiefly in London, roof garden design in the capital has proliferated vastly, alongside widespread construction of high-rise apartment buildings, and I do get a great buzz every time we develop roof terrace ideas for an exciting landscaping project. While certain garden design principles are naturally more suited to specific styles and settings, I frequently integrate reciprocal elements to portray an inspiring synthesis – intuitively designed to harmonise with the site.
Q. Which are your favourite materials?
As a garden designer, I prefer natural materials, especially stone. Composing contemporary courtyards by utilising an ancient material, juxtaposed with minimalist detail, is infinitely rewarding. I combine slate with sandstone or limestone and granite amid dynamic finishes and varied sizes, which forms a lifelong exploration of articulating distinct projects, within urban and natural landscape designs.
Q. Which plants do you select most often?
Trees are my most inspirational elements in a landscape garden, and like natural stone, they're inherently ancient, individual and vital. I adore flora with colourful or flaking bark, and often include native plants such as Dogwood, Willow, Rowan, Maple, Spindle, Hazel, Birch and Hornbeam to encourage wildlife friendly habitats and seasonal cycles, while utilising architectural, graceful, multi-stemmed forms.
Q. Do you design your own planters?
Our bespoke planters are primarily designed for roof terrace projects and penthouse gardens, although we feature them as focal points in patios and courtyard designs as well, when planting space is limited. While every garden design project and client are invariably unique, we opt for original outlines each time – striving to create bespoke, distinctive and personalised outdoor centrepieces.
in the press
garden design books
The renowned garden designer, Professor David Stevens, described Amir's Islington garden in the book ’Small Space Gardens’, published by Conran Octopus: “If you want a clean, elegant and eminently liveable garden you will not get much better than this. It is the personification of the garden designer's skill set within a small city courtyard.” Amir collaborates frequently with celebrated garden design photographers Marianne Majerus, Clive Nichols, Helen Fickling and Jerry Harpur, and enjoys teaming up with international publishers to extend garden designers' profile, while promoting the importance of landscape design. Amir strongly believes the garden design profession should continue to evolve as a multidisciplinary, pragmatic art form to advance a diversified and sustainable urban outdoor living.
roof terrace books
Amir's affinity with London roof gardens dates back to the very beginning, when the first project he designed was a 12th floor roof terrace above Hyde Park. From then on, over 150 roof gardens and terraces were designed and built across London, the South East and the continent. Amir's extensive project management experience and sheer hands-on approach, profound understanding of London's urban architecture and garden design pragmatism inspire countless book collaborations exploring city roof terrace design methodologies. The notable publishing houses Octopus, Taschen, Tectum, teNeues and Wiley regularly include photographs of Mylandscapes roof garden projects, and with an increased urban sprawl throughout Europe, the importance of excellence in modernising inner-city roof terraces and improving environmental care seems more pertinent than ever.
Many thanks to the clients whose gardens and roof terraces are featured in our design portfolio for allowing me unbounded creative freedom, and to all the masterful photographers for their valuable time: Marianne Majerus, Helen Fickling, Carole Drake, Lucy Fitter, Clive Nichols, Jerry Harpur, Steve Gorton, Helmut Reinelt and Tim Soar.