Anona grew up in a horticultural and garden design family environment. She started learning about plants via osmosis as soon as she could speak, but she was following her mother around the garden well before then. Over the years, Anona learned a great deal about plants, gardening and garden design, and has been involved in various garden design commissions. Additionally, she has often undertaken interior design and renovation projects. Anona is not only an all-round handy woman, she is also very good at woodwork and colour theory. Anona, who originally studied modern languages at university, has been influenced by different cultures, design traditions and art on her travels.
Armando thinks primarily with images and has excellent spatial awareness. He studied classical ancient history at university, probably not and "ideal" choice for someone with a capricious memory, but he enjoyed the psychology and forms of antiquity. He is adept at combining and integrating elements and ideas from varied sources to create unusual compositions. Finding balanced relationships in garden design comes naturally to him, a trait that he shares with Anona, who's family tradition began to influence him soon after they first met. Armando, also, is very interested in interiors; he writes, invents and likes abstract art.
Our work together has been mainly on big sites. Now we want to create unique courtyards and small gardens that capture the essence of nature in their forms.
Although we hire highly skilled craftspeople, we have ourselves in the past made complex wooden decking (from scratch), built paved areas, laid out ponds, constructed garden walls, retaining walls and fences, built arbours and pergolas, and planted a lot of plants (and there really is a science to it). We know a great deal about the technicalities of constructing a garden, and about the level of professionalism to expect from contractors.
Finally, we are glad that one way or the other we can communicate with you in English, Spanish, French, German, and at a stretch even in Italian and Arabic... we won't be lost for words!