Garden-making, like gardening itself, concerns the relationship of the human being to his natural surroundings.
– Russell Page
As most experienced garden designers know, creating such an aesthetic expression is a process which requires engagement with the place, an understanding of the place, and a brilliant relationship with the client.
Consideration of factors such as exquisite and appropriate planting, 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 grand 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 soon open your eyes to all the possibilities and show you everything else that’s beautifully achievable in between.
Just as the versatile and visionary garden designers before her, our 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 Crane and Nathaniel Lloyd.
From residential family gardens, public spaces and country estates to tiny rooftop spaces, Jo and her team of specialist landscape designers, architects, artisans, historians and craftsmen have developed the perfect garden design process designed to meet the needs of the most discerning client.
Named one of the ‘Leading Garden Designers of Today’ (House & Garden), ‘Best Rural Garden Designer’ (2011) and the Society of Garden Designers ‘Future Designer’ (2014), 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 we create 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.
We have no set style apart from the garden looking absolutely right for the space. Every garden, every house and every client is different, 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’.
Her planting is voluptuous and fluid, no rigid patterning or big drifts. Gentle colours will sometimes be enlivened by a few vivid ‘clashings’, often in the form of bulbs or corms.
Listed by House and Garden magazine as one of the country’s top ten garden designers, she 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. She is a Registered Member of the Society of Garden Designers.
Current projects include The Wedgwood Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, the design of a new public garden at RHS Rosemoor and most recently a series of restoration garden projects originally designed by Humphry Repton, Nathaniel Lloyd, Vita Sackville-West and Percy Crane.