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WATSON, Patrick


Landscape Architect

A landscape architect, Patrick's career grew out of a childhood interest in nature. He never doubted that what he would ultimately be is a gardener. He started his apprenticeship by observation of the natural world at a very young age. Not only did he learn the names of plants throughout the world, but especially those indigenous to South Africa, but he also collected seeds, propagated and planted hundred of different species.

He began building a botanical database, unsurpassed in his field. Patrick has never had any formal training in either botany, zoology, ecology or design. What makes him exceptional is his perception of ecological systems. He observed from the start the plant types, eco-zones, rock types, the various soil, insects, birds and animals that go into making each ecological system unique and different from each other.

With flair and originality he combines local species into a natural looking ecology that will have interest throughout the year within an ecologically sound background. Despite his fanatical drive to recapture nature and make it sparkle. He is entirely pragmatic and known as a problem solver. He does not give clients unrealistic products.

He has a strong sense of history both social and gardening. He respects what has come before and in some cases to change pervious work or remove old vegetation. Rather he tries to educate his clients to their value and uniqueness.

On leaving school he worked briefly for a local Landscape Architect, and then went into his own business, where he has been ever since. He has worked with a number of great Landscape Architects notably South Africa's Joan PYM.

Patrick's design style is unique and somewhat unconventional. It is best described as organic. He comes up with the vision and design concept instantly and provided are in agreement, the elements and details are added as the project matures.

In 1991 he was awarded the 'Honorary Landscape Architect and Member of the South African Institute of Landscape Architects' in appreciation for his contribution to many of South Africa's finest gardens. This award has never been repeated since.

Patrick's work is not only limited to gardens and gardening. Over the last 30 years he has been involved with a variety of organizations for the creation and protection of Parks, River, Trails, Natural Ridges, Rock Formations, Trees, and Iron Age Sites. He is a founder member of the Embryonic South African National Trust for Gardens and Landscapes.

His work covers an immense range of projects - from tiny domestic private gardens to vast industrial estates, hotel complexes, golf courses and even entire farms.

He has designed projects all over South Africa, Namibia, Botawana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Swaziland and Zaire as well as Malaysia, India, Mauritius, Seychelles, Saudi Arabia and Malta.

Following is brief description of some of the many gardens and projects that Patrick has designed.

Casinos and Resorts
Caesars Palace Casino – Gauteng
Carnival City Casino – Gauteng
The Lost City – Gauteng
Mount Grace Hotel and Spa
The Apartheid Museum – Gold Reef City
Indigo Bay Resort – Mozambique
Pomba Beach Hotel – Mozambique
North Island – Seychelles
Bel Ombre Golf Estate – Mauritius

Private Homes and Farms
House Baxter – Polo Fields
House Barlow – Cradle of Humankind Heritage Sites
Shambala, House Mandela for Douw Steyn – Auto and General
Coromandel, House Press

Little Switzerland Golf Course – Natal
Pinacle Pint Casino – Mossell Bay
Sundays River Addo Elephant Park – Port Elizabeth

List of projects

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House Lionel Phillips: Villa Arcadia: 1909. Parktown, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Landscape Architect
House Roux: 2011-2021. Magaliesburg district, Gauteng - Architect and Landscape