Based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, I trained as an RHS qualified garden and landscape designer at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, now working anywhere around the world.
My aim is to create a new kind of landscape and garden design studio that builds beautiful gardens for a better future that also create happy experiences and memories for you. I collaborate with my clients, building strong and long-lasting relationships to understand exactly what you want in order to produce a beautiful garden that feels right for the place. Your experience is the most important aspect to me, from understanding your requirements to delivering an exceptional design.
I specialise in timeless gardens with structured naturalistic planting and an eye on regenerative design, sustainability and wildlife. Projects have included gardens for businesses and large family gardens with meadows, entertainment areas and studios, through to urban tropical gardens and more.
Elements of gardens I’ve transformed have included raising and lowering levels, creating large ponds, constructing studios, treehouses and pergolas. Plus of course beautiful patios, walls, gravel areas, fences and steps. My main focus on all projects is on beautiful planting that increases greenery and wildlife habitat to immerse you in the natural world as well as give back to it.
If you would like me to design your garden, please do contact me for a chat.
In terms of process I work across mixed media to present design concepts in the clearest way possible, from hand drawings, plans and photography to full 3D models. For construction, I value working with skilled craftspeople and artisans who I’ve built relationships with and trust to construct your garden to the highest standard. Visit my garden design services page for more information.
Plants are absolutely core to all of my designs; a life long love of plants and how they combine with one another to create atmosphere means each planting design is tailored to you for something truly unique. My style is structured naturalistic, which is contemporary and dynamic for enhanced garden experience. Offering colour and structure across the seasons and for many years to come. Throughout my life I have studied gardens and natural habitats around the world, from Alaska and New Zealand, to the deserts of North Africa and North America. Through a deep understanding of how plants grow, I can make the best suggestions for long lived and low maintenance designs.
Gardens are a place where humans and nature work together in harmony and it’s important to me to find the right balance for an enjoyable space for us and for wildlife. I choose plants that are wildlife friendly and tough, reducing the need for fertilisers and watering. As an organic gardener, I’ve helped most of my clients to manage their gardens organically too, removing the need for expensive and harmful pesticides.
Committed to protecting the planet
When I design I’ll consider its impact on the planet as a whole. Wherever possible sourcing plants and materials locally – without sacrificing quality – to reduce unnecessary carbon emissions and lessen environmental pollution. Often it’s even possible to recycle existing materials on site to reduce the amount of waste transported to landfill. I will always use peat free compost so as not to damage precious peat bog natural habitats and am working with plant suppliers to reduce plastic usage. I’ll also think about permeable surfaces and where water drains to minimise water runoff.
In 2019 my first gardening book Wild about Weeds: Garden Design with Rebel Plants – an exploration into plants incorrectly labelled as weeds – was named The Times Gardening book of the Year. I try to share what I have learnt with gardeners and other people in horticulture through my regular contributions to gardening publications including The Telegraph, RHS The Garden, Gardener’s World Magazine, Rakes Progress, The Guardian and Gardens Illustrated.
Conservation & charity work
Throughout my life I have given my support to conservation work around the world, to benefit all living species, including us. I support a number of conservation charities and have been vocal in the press about how to garden sustainably. In addition, my own little garden in Clapham was accepted onto the National Garden Scheme in 2017, opening every summer, and we’ve since raised over £5,000 for their care charities MacMillan Cancer Support, Parkinsons UK and Multiple Sclerosis Society among others.