Pictorial Meadows have been working very closely with local Landscape Architect Miguel Garcia Ovejero to establish Pictorial Meadows in a new park development in central Madrid. Large areas of the park were prepared for seeding and irrigation systems were laid by the local park's workforce. The first year was used to test the effectiveness of the standard PM annual mixes - which proved to be a big success even in the stressful climatic conditions. In 2016 there will be even more areas of the park given over to Pictorial Meadows in both annual and perennial forms - together with specifically designed 'xeri' mixes which can be used in all geographic areas with a Mediterranean climate.
A range of different treatments including irrigation have helped to refine establishment times and treatment in these zones. The quick flowering annuals created a real impact with park visitors and the whole project has given both PM and the management of the park confidence that by using a combination of the right products with a good understanding of the local environmental conditions it is possible to achieve a viable and stunning Mediterranean meadow
The original brief was to create a district park from abandoned and abused landscape in what had been described as ‘the worst estate in Britain’. Now a Green Flag Site, Manor Fields Park has become PM’s longest test site for seed sown landscapes.
Amongst many differing styles of naturalistic planting the seed sown perennial meadows stretching across the 4 hectares of gateway and play entrance zone of Stonehirst exemplify how stunning, high impact meadows can completely replace much higher maintained herbaceous or formal bedding.
Now in its 12th season the scheme has got better year on year providing flowering from early spring through to very late autumn. The stunning but robust landscape is picked out by differential mowing and managed by one spring targeted herbicide spray and one autumn cut and collect a year.
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Pictorial Meadows were commissioned to initially sow annual meadows in various parks throughout the Borough (Richmond and Twickenham) but after three years they decided they wanted more permanent meadows.
We then moved into sowing perennial seed mixes and laying our new PM Turf product to provide beautiful but sustainable features which have proved a big success with visitors to the parks.
‘I’ve just come back from Crane Park and it is looking fab!’, says Yvonne Kelleher, Parks Development Officer.
Portia Baker, Consultant Landscape Architect to the Council reports:
“Pictorial Meadows’ annual meadows were a great success with our parks users and residents, but after sowing them for 3 consecutive years we decided to make the transition to more sustainable perennial meadows at a few key sites. We are currently establishing four of Pictorial Meadows perennial meadows from seed and a further three from their PMTurf. Composed of a mixture of native and non-native species, we hope these will provide colour and interest for many years as well as providing nectar, pollen and seed heads for the wildlife”.