Jo Yeates Memorial Garden

A fitting tribute to a talented landscape architect

Overlooking the lake and countryside at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Arboretum in Hampshire, this butterfly meadow is a fitting tribute to Jo Yeates. A qualified landscape architect, Jo used to live in Ampfield and drew up plans for a butterfly meadow while working at the Gardens. Though unrealised, some of her ideas have been used, including pathways made with natural materials and a sculptural Oak bench. Inspired by a folding butterfly wing, the bench opens out at one end, allowing visitors to recline and look at the sky.

Working with Brodie McAllister, Jo’s lecturer, Influence’s Phil Deacon played a key role in formulating the design and budget. Working closely with the bench maker and structural engineers, they retained the aesthetic quality of Jo’s design, ensuring a high quality finished product that is sensitive to its surroundings. Accessed by a winding path, the bench nestles into a slope overlooking the pond, with wheelchair friendly access via an organic route through an enhanced wildflower meadow.

‘A butterfly meadow in memory of Jo Yeates’ opened in June 2012.

Landscape Institute South East and Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Arboretum
Feasibility and Concept Development Landscape Design
Romsey, Hampshire
Small Scale
Butterfly MeadowButterfly MeadowButterfly MeadowButterfly MeadowButterfly Meadow