Me & My Job - Zeno Perfetti, graduate, London College of Garden Design

Zeno Perfetti, graduate, London College of Garden Design - image: HW
Zeno Perfetti, graduate, London College of Garden Design - image: HW

- Why did you want to be a garden designer?

Looking at all the uncontrolled building development in the 1960s made me want to become a garden designer. People are rediscovering the importance of a green environment and the need for a better quality of life. Gardens can help give us a greater sense of well-being.

- What are your professional strong cards?

I tend to design contemporary gardens with a clear geometry, a natural look and lots of eco-friendly stuff. I'm quite good at botanical names because I'm Italian and went to Liceo Classico high school, specialising in classical studies. I'm good at gardening, having done it since I was a child.

- What is your biggest achievement?

I'm only 21 and have just graduated but I recently won a competition to design a garden for the National Trust at next year's RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. I was also one of the finalists for this year's student design competition of the Society of Garden Designers.

- What would you change about the profession?

Bureaucracy. There is a great deal of red tape, which needs to be simplified. I also feel that garden designers should have an easier approach to their clients and if we could shed some of the paperwork it might loosen up working relationships.

- Are you worried about the recession?

A little bit, but I'm still optimistic. I believe we all have to roll up our sleeves to help make a better future.

- What is your ambition?

To design at Chelsea would be great, of course. But my first dream is to notch up a major commission. Eventually I want to become an international garden designer and set up my own business, working both in Italy and abroad. That's why I chose to study in London, which was the right move. If I hadn't come here I wouldn't have been offered these wonderful opportunities.

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