"THE POET GARDENER" by Colin Crummy / THE GUARDIAN, 2018
Ula Maria's gardens are infused with ideas about time, memory, connections. Stepping into one should feel like a holiday from life. “When I design someone’s garden, it’s important to look at what inspires them and what kind of environment they feel happiest in,” says the 25-year-old RHS Young Designer of the Year 2017. “People draw from their experiences of being on holiday or from their childhood, time spent in nature. A lot of my work is an interpretation of that happy place in the garden.”
"GARDEN DESIGN" by Mr and Mrs Clarke / MR AND MRS CLARKE, 2018
"We have recently had the pleasure of working with the brightest talent in garden design – Ula Maria. Her vision, attention to detail and beautiful attitude to life was breathtaking and the design of the gardens at Garden Rose Cottage, Warwickshire is inspirational. We cant keep her a secret so we interviewed Ula and we are now shouting from the roof tops how wonderful she is."
"HAMPTON COURT FLOWER SHOW" by Cleve West / CLEVE WEST, 2018
"...I was also drawn to Anton Chekhov's Garden designed by Anna Benn and Hannah Gardner) and Ula Maria’s Style and Design garden both of which carried the intimacy of a private garden rather than a set piece, a difficult trick to pull off."
"GREEN FINGERS WITH A GOLD TOUCH" by Annie Gatti / THE TELEGRAPH, 2018
"Her winning garden was a confident marriage of contemporary office structure with naturalistic planting set in a sandy gravelly landscape.Like many other young talents, she looks to natural landscapes, rather than to the work of established designers for inspiration..."
"HOW TO GREEN UP WORKPLACES, BY THE RHS YOUNG DESIGNER OF THE YEAR" by Alice Vincent / THE TELEGRAPH, 2017
"What’s so striking about your design is how it does cling to a natural habitat, it feels more free-form than you would expect for an urban workspace."
"I really wanted to capture the sense and the feeling of a space and atmosphere. My favourite bit in the garden is that the leaves are slightly going over. It was important for me to show that gardening isn’t perfect, because nature isn’t perfect."
ARTICLES BY ULA MARIA
'THE POWER OF SIMPLICITY', Gardens Illustrated, July 2018
efully considered, and intricate ideas refined to their purest expressions. The little things have to create maximum effects." s purest form. The most effortless looking space is often a result of a complex design process where every detail has been car"It is an artful skill to achieve simplicity in itUla Maria
'THE BEAUTY OF IMPERFECTION', Gardens Illustrated, August 2018
"Most importantly, Wabi-Sabi teaches us to listen to and embrace our innate connections to nature, and reveres authenticity above all. Human efforts of achieving perfection will always fall short of surpassing nature’s magnificence, but Wabi-Sabi can bring us a little bit closer to working in one with it." Ula Maria
'FINDING BALANCE IN THE GARDEN', Gardens Illustarted, September 2018
"Finding balance in the garden is a continuous process rather than a static result. It never fails to amaze me how quickly dynamics of a garden change. Instead of focusing on achieving a faultless looking space, try establishing dynamic relationships between different elements of the garden that result in an overall well balanced composition. Even the complete opposite elements of the garden can come together to form an interdependent relationship once we discover that in every element there’s a seed of another, patiently waiting to be discovered, even if through a simple act of a removal or introduction of a single item, colour or plant." Ula Maria
'CAPTURING A SENSE OF PLACE', Gardens Illustrated, October 2018
"Certain places can make the heart flutter and the imagination soar. Every time I travel, I return feeling inspired by the locations visited, be it by the sun-dappled woodlands in the Welsh countryside, miniature French courtyards, or the bricolage Sri Lankan streets. We all have at least one special place somewhere in the world that has left an indelible imprint and awaken a feeling of belonging stronger than that of our own home." Ula Maria
'THE SKY's THE LIMIT', Gardens Illustrated, November 2018
"Like our personalities, our gardens consist of many layers, shaped by time and events. I believe it is important that we keep experimenting, searching and building upon those layers that result in the most characterful gardens that can be shared with others. It is essential to remember that unlike interior spaces, even the best gardens are never finished, and often frayed around the edges. Gardens require time and tending, and nature can’t exactly be rushed. However, I believe, the results of achieving a garden that you truly care for, to be much more rewarding than those of perfecting any one of your houserooms. Unlike in any indoor space, in the garden, the sky truly is the limit." Ula Maria
'CRITIC's CHOICE - CHELSEA 2018 REVIEW', Gardens Illustrated, 2018
'DESIGNERS' FAVOURITE BULBS', Gardens Illustrated, October 2018
Ula Maria's studio has featured in:
"Ula Maria, a lively Lithuanian expat who was named the RHS Young Designer of the Year in 2017 for her RHS Flower Show Tatton Park presentation: an open-air pavilion/home office nestled amid a miniature Baltic-style landscape of sand dunes, pines (both trees and seedlings), wildflowers, and shallow rectangular pools spiked with water plants and paved with pebbles. “Nature,” Maria says, “is the best designer.”"
"Meet the Green Team—the U.K.'s Upcoming Landscape Stars" by Mitchell Owens / ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST, 2019