Joe has designed, built and planted gardens for over 20 years. A part-time garden maintenance job whilst studying English Literature at university was the beginning of a career in landscape which has included wide-ranging experience in construction and design, and has involved living in the UK, Southern France, the Pyrenees and Madrid.
He studied garden design at the Oxford College of Garden Design, graduating with distinction in 2002. This was followed a few years later by a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture from Greenwich University.
Over his career, Joe has worked for many high profile landscape and garden designers and has been a director and manager of a respected landscape construction company, including 12 years of involvement in planning and delivering gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show and other RHS shows. Working as a freelance designer and in partnership throughout his career, Joe set up his own practice in 2018.
In 2019 Joe won an RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal, Best in Construction and Best in Category Award for his garden ‘Beyond the Screen’, sponsored by Facebook. This is the first time in the show’s history that a ‘new’ designer has picked up all three awards. Joe is a keen writer and writes for various garden media publications as well as being a member of the editorial committee for the Garden Design Journal. He has also been a visiting lecturer for the London College of Garden Design. He is available for talks both in the U.K. and abroad. Joe loves to travel which is a great source of inspiration for his designs. He also speaks Spanish and French which helps when working with clients internationally.
I don’t have a fixed style and I don’t follow fashions. I’m equally comfortable designing a large traditional country garden as a contemporary urban roof terrace or a multi-use public space.
My style is dictated by the setting, the architecture in that setting and the client brief. Variety makes my work interesting and exciting and I love the challenge each new project brings. One thing all my projects have in common is the ambition to deliver to the client a garden that exceeds all their expectations”.
As a Garden and Landscape Design practice, we strive to deliver the absolute best, to take advantage of every opportunity that the site may offer and to listen carefully to our clients’ needs and wishes.
Our ethos of attention to detail and sustainable garden design flows through to each and every aspect of the process, from the initial analysis to the final planting and on to the aftercare and ongoing management of the finished project if our longer term advice and support is required.
We comply with industry standards and the codes of conduct for the Society of Garden Designers and the Landscape Institute.
We believe that the key to good design is to identify a narrative that resonates with the space; which has real context and a sense of place. This means that your garden will be just that – your garden, unlike any other and tailored to suit you and your property.
Joe is somewhat of a rarity in his profession as he is both qualified and experienced as a Landscape Architect, Garden Designer, Project Manager and Construction Manager. This versatility means that Joe is able to design for a variety of garden styles and sites, producing the level of detail and specification necessary to ensure that the vision for your garden is entirely carried through to the delivery of the built and planted scheme.
We are advocates of working sustainably and believe both the garden design and implementation process should follow this ethic.
We select and source materials locally whenever possible and plant the right plants in the right place according to the local conditions, choosing species that benefit wildlife and pollinating insects in particular.
As professional designers in the garden and landscaping industry, we believe that we are able to use our knowledge and experience to help influence change and inform the choices we make both as individuals and at community level in the face of the growing threats from climate change