Our clients expect the highest standards, and these standards are reflected in our uncompromising levels of service. A personal and fruitful collaboration between garden designer and client.
Creating such an aesthetic expression is a process which requires engagement with the place, an understanding of the place, a deep respect for the natural world, and a brilliant relationship with the client. We have a reputation for creating exquisite gardens with internationally-renowned planting design.
Consideration of factors such as biodiversity, exquisite and appropriate planting, habitat conservation, the cultivation of plants, microclimates, collaborations with artists, craftspeople and artisans, and an intelligent understanding of space, are all required to deliver the perfect landscape.
Whether your vision is a formal garden of topiary and roses surrounding a Georgian town house, or a lovingly-crafted and bountifully-planted country garden, we will open your eyes to all the possibilities and show you everything else that’s achievable in between.
Just as the versatile and visionary garden designers before her, Jo’s garden design process is as much about the bones of a garden as its planting. This is just one of the reasons why we have been engaged to restore, advise on and gently intervene into landscapes and gardens originally designed by, amongst others, Humphry Repton, Vita Sackville-West, Percy Cane and Nathaniel Lloyd.
From private country estates and gardens open to the public, residential family gardens, community spaces through to city courtyards and rooftop gardens, Jo and her team of specialist landscape architects, garden designers, architects, ecologists, horticultural consultants, artisans, historians and craftsmen have developed the perfect garden design process designed to meet the needs of the most discerning client.
We provide a complete landscape design service, from initial design discussions, concept and masterplanning through planning and tender, to construction, project consultancy and regular ongoing horticultural advice from our horticultural consultants upon completion of the project. We develop excellent relationships with existing gardeners and we recommend gardeners for new gardens in order to ensure the success of the garden as it develops over the years.
Our projects include sensitive rural developments within Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and we work with planning consultants and researchers to ensure the feasibility of projects.
Named one of the ‘Leading Garden Designers of Today’ (House & Garden magazine), ‘Best Rural Garden Designer’, ‘’Top 25 Garden Designer’ (Country Life magazine) as well as the Society of Garden Designers ‘Future Designer’ when the practice was established in 1999, Jo’s exquisite planting technique has led her to be considered one of the UK’s leading plantswomen.
Rather than following fashions, Jo uses her understanding of place to ensure that the landscapes created by Jo Thompson Landscape and Garden Design work seamlessly in their location and also, vitally, work perfectly for the client. These garden designs and landscape designs are notable for the way in which they demonstrate a true sensitivity to the garden’s location and history.
What sets this studio’s work apart is that each garden is completely different, looking absolutely right for the space. Every garden, every house and every client is unique, so the garden designed for you will be just for you.
Every client, every house, every location dictates its own vocabulary.
Romantic, exquisite spaces have a very real sense of place, and with intelligent and beautiful planting bringing the garden together into one cohesive space, Jo’s gardens really do look as if they are ‘meant to be there’.
Listed by House and Garden and Country Life magazines as one of the country’s top ten garden designers, Jo has been the recipient of four Gold and five Silver Gilt medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and in 2017 she won the People’s Choice award at the first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.
She is also a member of the RHS Gardens Committee and Garden Advisor for RHS Rosemoor, as well as being a member of the RHS Show Gardens Selection Panel.
Jo lectures both nationally and internationally, and also tutors at the London College of garden Design
Jo Thompson Landscape and Garden Design has professional indemnity insurance cover and adheres to the Code of Conduct of the Landscape Institute, the Royal Chartered body for UK landscape architects.
How would you describe your style?
Our portfolio demonstrates a true sensitivity to the garden’s location and history. Romantic, exquisite spaces have a very real sense of place, with intelligent and beautiful planting bringing the garden together into one cohesive space. Our gardens really do look as if they are ‘meant to be there’.
What is your design motto?
Listen to the client and give them a garden beyond all expectations. The aim is to make the process as clear, comprehensible and enjoyable as possible.
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Show garden medals
- RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018
Gold Medal. The Wedgwood Garden
RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2017
Gold Medal, Best in Show Freeform, People’s Choice Award
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016
Gold Medal. Chelsea Barracks
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012
Gardening World Cup Japan 2012
Gardening World Cup Japan 2011
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2010
Gold Medal, Best in Show
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2009
Silver-Gilt, Society of Garden Designers Future Gardener
Fellowship of the landscape Institute (FLI)
Best Residential Landscape Architects – Greater London
Build Awards 2019
Garden Designer of the Year UK
LUX Awards 2018
New Homes and gardens Award 2011
Best rural garden