20 August 2021
25 Influential Garden Designers
Discover 25 Influential Garden Designers who all provide stunning landscape and garden design services in the UK. We've scoured social media and search engines to collate this list of what we believe to be the very best design practices in the industry today. We looked at not only the quality of work but also how active their presence is on social media to help people follow the most inspirational garden accounts.
1. Alasdair Cameron
Alasdair runs a highly thought of team of garden designers and landscapers who build dynamic and beautiful spaces. Follow via social media for regular and inspiring garden related content.
2. Angel Collins
With over 25 years industry experience, Angel Collins is passionate about plants, colour and how to use them to create garden designs with an extra edge. Her use of light, shade and contrast makes her work stand out from the crowd.
3. Arabella Lennox-Boyd
Winner of multiple Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal gardens and far too many more awards to mention, Arabella is a legend in British garden design circles with her ability to design gardens with deep structural flavours.
4. Balston Agius
Marie-Louise Agius and Michael Balston run a close knit team of garden design specialists and provide wonderfully appointed comprehensive landscaping services for large private gardens across the world.
5. Bunny Guinness
Widely known for her appearances on BBC Radio 4's Gardeners Question Time, Bunny has been creating beautiful garden designs for over 40 years and now works alongside her daughter Unity.
6. Charlotte Rowe
Charlotte creates gardens with style and sophistication, effortlessly blending planting and architectural lines. A winner of the prestigious Gold Medal at RHS Chelsea, Charlotte has over 38k followers on Instagram with fantastic regular content.
7. Chris Moss
Chris designs gardens with subtle hardscaping, green architecture and soft planting. Chris is equally at home with both traditional and modern styles and works from his London office.
After working together for over 20 years, Jon Courtney-Thompson of MJCT Architects and Sue Hetherington of Arcadia Landscape Design decided to merge into Courtingtons, an exciting design focused architecture and landscape practice. With over 1,000 projects in their combined portfolio, Courtingtons cater for large scale integrated architectural and landscape design projects.
9. Dan Pearson
Dan Pearson is a multi award winning designer who creates incredible spaces to connect architecture, people and landscape. Dan's inspiring creations are featured in both public and private gardens all over the world.
From her base in the south east of England Helen Elks-Smith takes on a limited number of projects per year and creates beautiful contemporary spaces with quality and creativity.
11. Emily Erlam
From her small professional studio in London Emily has been designing sympathetic gardens with sensitivity to the existing buildings and harmonising surroundings since 2008.
12. Harris Bugg
The new for 2021 kitchen garden in the heart of RHS Bridgewater was designed by Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg. They formed their design practice in 2017 to create beautiful and emotional outdoor spaces.
13. Jane Brockbank
Established in 1999, Jane Brockbank has a background in fine art which gives her garden designs a unique flavour. Jane is a member of The Society of Garden Designers and is well known for dynamic designs and very high standards.
14. Joe Swift
TV personality Joe designs modern outdoor spaces, from private urban gardens to large community projects. His full service team take care of projects from start to finish with full design and build.
15. Kim Wilkie
Having studied at both Oxford and the University of California, Kim now provides landscape consultancy services on both sides of the pond and runs a small farm in Hampshire.
16. Marcus Barnett
Marcus started his working life in the military and undertook a drastic change of industry with a Distinction at the Inchbald School of Garden Design. He has gone on to win multiple gold medals at RHS Chelsea and create both public and private gardens all around the globe.
17. Matthew Keightley
Matt is one of the most respected names in contemporary garden design, specialising in finding the perfect balance of functionality and aesthetics. Matt's instagram account features some of the most inspiring garden imagery available.
18. Mazzullo Russell
Emma Mazzullo and Libby Russell founded their joint practice in 2014 after working together for many years under Arabella Lennox-Boyd. They focus on delivery high end garden designs for prestigious private landscape projects.
19. Nigel Dunnett
Nigel is a well regarded designer with a strong interest in marrying ecology and horticulture in his landscapes. Nigel is Professor of Planting Design and Urban Horticulture at Sheffield University and one of the world's important voices in planting innovations.
20. Robert Myers
Robert creates beautiful modern and timeless spaces in both large private garden designs and high profile public projects.
21. Sara Jane Rothwell
At home with the wide variety of plots that London has to work with, Sara enjoys creating private gardens from roof terraces to townhouse family gardens.
22. Sophie Walker
Sophie uses her degree in art history to create spaces with a connection between art and horticulture. Her work can be seen internationally in high profile settings such as the Dutch Du Pont Museum in the Netherlands.
23. Tania Compton
Tania was the garden editor of House & Garden magazine for over a decade before leaving to focus on garden design. Tania works on large scale private gardens where she can plant extravagantly and revisit to manage over time.
24. Thomas Hoblyn
Having trained a Kew Botanical Gardens Thomas has an architectural background to support his horticultural knowledge. Thomas and his team specialise in large scale full service projects including landscaping, woodlands and meadows.
25. Tim Rees
Tim Rees is a highly decorated garden designer with a rich pedigree. Tim has designed large private residential gardens worldwide and specialises in creating spaces with personality for their owners to enjoy.