RHS Garden Harlow Carr Map - An illustrative plan of a garden open to the public, RHS Garden Harlow Carr

RHS Garden Harlow Carr

An illustrative plan of a garden open to the public.

The main entrance to the garden.

The main entrance to the garden.

A closer look at the 'Alpine Zone' area of the garden.

A closer look at the 'Alpine Zone' area of the garden.

RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Client: Royal Horticultural Society

Produced for inclusion in a guidebook, this map formed the main feature on the inside front cover. The plan highlights the main areas of the garden as well as showing the location of the main facilities accessible to the public.

This map uses a simple, flat colour scheme. The main function of this plan is to help people navigate their way around the garden. Excessive levels of textural detail may have reduced the effectiveness of the plan within that context. This map was created to fulfil a brief which also identified a need for the design to be adaptable to reuse in different situations. It was anticipated that this map would go on to form the basis of other products where additional information would be placed on top. A flat colour scheme, as opposed to a heavily stylised design, was therefore the most appropriate choice.

This map was compiled from a series of existing plans of the garden in conjunction with other written information.

This map has subsequently been used on signage around the garden. The image below shows one such example. This is a large signboard used to welcome visitors to the garden and is located at the main entrance. It highlights the main zones within the garden and identifies a series of guided walks and family friendly features.

RHS Garden Harlow Carr welcome sign.

RHS Garden Harlow Carr welcome sign. A sign, based upon this map, which is being used at RHS Garden Harlow Carr.

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Hello, my name is Ed Merritt. I am a cartographer based in Southampton (UK). I established Merritt Cartographic in 2006.

I am a graduate of Oxford Brookes University, receiving an honours degree in Mapping and Cartography. Having worked in the past for a large publishing company in central London, much of my current work is commissioned for inclusion in reference books. I also produce interactive maps for deployment on websites and in applications as well as products for use on public display panels and signposts. As a freelance cartographer, I have produced custom maps and graphics for a wide range of publishers, charities, media organisations and businesses. My work has been included in books published by Dorling Kindersley, National Geographic, Pearson, Penguin Books, Oxford University Press, Taschen, Laurence King Publishing, Millennium House and Weldon Owen. I've also created maps for a wide range of other companies and charities, including the Royal Horticultural Society, Smithsonian Institution, Best Western, The Greenbrier Companies, Fastmarkets, Bright Horizons and Cycling UK.

I enjoy being creative in my work and like to explore new approaches. As a map-maker, I have a natural tendency to pay attention to detail and also to work hard to ensure that I am being as accurate as I can in the work that I produce.

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