The practice of professional Garden Design requires and combines a surprising number of skills. Designing for the effective use of a defined space and relating that design to the property and its surroundings are obvious ones. But a garden is a living and changing environment. So the designer also has to allow for its likely appearance in the future. Skills in selecting and placing growing plants whose size and appearance will change over the years and seasons are essential. Colour, scent, movement, and even sound and touch may have important parts to play in the finished garden.
A thorough understanding of the underlying geology, drainage, and landscaping materials is also needed. So also is a working knowledge of relevant planning regulations. All must be properly taken into account if the garden is to achieve the desired result and give pleasure for many years to come. These fundamentals are true for gardens of all sizes.
I understand all these aspects. My degree in Horticulture from the University of London, Wye College underpins a wealth of experience and skills gained within the horticultural and landscaping industries. These stretch back to the early 1970s.
I have been designing elegant gardens for my clients ever since launching mary stevenson garden design in 2001. I am a registered Designer Member of BALI, the British Association of Landscape Industries. This is a respected professional organisation whose members include Landscape Contractors and Suppliers as well as Garden Designers.
The fact that I listen carefully to my clients is critical to my success. This helps me create designs for their gardens that not only meet but exceed their requirements. The many glowing testimonials I have received provide ample evidence of this.