Ula Maria is an award-winning garden designer, landscape architect and illustrator. Ula attended the School of Fine Arts in Lithuania before moving to England permanently in 2008. She studied a BA and MA in Landscape Architecture at Birmingham City University, where she was awarded the Landscape Institute's John Knight award for both her undergraduate and postgraduate projects.Since graduating, Ula has worked for a number of landscape practices (including that of Tom Stuart-Smith) prior to entering and winning the 'RHS Young Designer of the Year' competition where she received a gold medal for her garden 'Studio Unwired' in 2017. Since then, Ula has established her own practice and won 'Best in Lifestyle category' award for her 'Style and Design garden' at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. Ula is also a visiting tutor at Birmingham City University and an author of the latest 'Design' series in Gardens Illustrated magazine.Ula has a deep connection with nature originating from her childhood spent in rural Lithuanian landscapes, collecting berries and swimming in the river Ula with its banks dotted with coniferous forests, thick woods, and high sandy cliffs. She seeks to create meaningful designs with a sensitive approach to an existing space. Her particular interest is in creating emotive garden spaces that evoke innate connections to nature through memories, senses and experiences.
Garden designer Ula Maria takes us on a safari through small but perfectly formed oases...to inspire your very own Eden. - Elle DecoUrban garden design has inspired books ever since the Victorians started to green their sprawling new neighbourhoods. But where Maria's Green differs is that it focuses on the possibilities of growing in small spaces rather than the restrictions. The 22 gardens she has brought together (by various designers) erupt with potential...In Green urban gardens, so often prone to a twinge of pity from those who tend larger, more rural spaces, become deeply aspirational. - Daily TelegraphThe first book from rising star Ula Maria tackles the perennial challenge of how to create a garden in a small space. [...] Whether you dream of a Mediterranean oasis, a rose-filled retreat or a tropical jungle, Green will help you to make the most of your space, proving that small can indeed be beautiful. - House & GardenA must for apprehensive city gardeners and for anyone wanting to make the most out of their outdoor space, no matter how small it might be. [...] Flicking through it feels almost as enjoyable and relaxing as sitting in the garden. - Gardens Illustrated