Emma Clark designs gardens with a fundamentally spiritual and holistic outlook, undertaking them for private clients and public institutions, both in the U.K. and abroad. She specialises mainly in Islamic gardens, focusing on contemporary interpretations of traditional principles with naturalistic planting schemes and sustainability at the heart of her practice.
She is Senior Tutor on the post-graduate Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts (VITA) Programme at The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, London (See ‘Lectures/Teaching’)
Emma has published four books: The Art of the Islamic Garden; ‘Underneath Which Rivers Flow’, The Symbolism of the Islamic Garden; and two children’s books, Mehmet the Conqueror and Sinan the Architect. (See ‘Publications’)
NEWS 2018-2020: Emma continues to lecture regularly on various aspects of the Islamic garden: the Shaykh Zayed Mosque Abu Dhabi where she was interviewed and filmed (November 2018); a Conference in Konya, Turkey, May 2018; a Conference at Brunei Darassalaam University, March 2018; Richmond Festival, May 2019, Bradford Literary Festival ,June 2019; and the Glasgow Sufi Festival, July 2019.
NB She was interviewed about the Cambridge Mosque garden (see below) for Gardeners’ Question Time (GQT, BBC Radio 4), July 4th, 2020
UPDATE 2019-2020! Emma designed the Islamic Garden at the new Cambridge Mosque and at last, after many years of design and build, the Mosque (Marks-Barfield Architects, designers of the Millennium Wheel) was formally opened in December 2019 attended by the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an. The garden was designed by Emma in association with renowned, Somerset-based, landscape Studio, Urquhart and Hunt, and has received much praise we are happy to say! Pictures to come.
SACRED GARDENS WORKSHOPS: After the success of her fourth workshop on Sacred Gardens, together with her two associates, Adam Hunt and Tom Bree, June 16th -17th, 2018, at the beautiful Chalice Well Gardens in Glastonbury, a fifth is being planned. Watch this space! (See also Sacred Gardens, May 9th-11th 2014 )
Emma continues designing gardens including an exciting Community project in Whyteleafe, Surry – a 12-acre site which will incorporate a woodland area, a meadow, naturalistic sustainable planting as well as a smaller more formal chahar-bagh garden.
Emma was a specialist Islamic consultant on a visit to the Alhambra with a group of American garden enthusiasts led by Amanda Patton Landscape Designer. (April 2019)