Me & My Job - Stephen Hall, garden designer

Stephen Hall, garden designer
Stephen Hall, garden designer

How did you get started in the industry? I started mowing lawns and cutting hedges. As my interest in gardens grew I took the decision to retrain as a garden designer at Writtle College.

What advice would you give to others starting out? A good grounding is essential so I recommend finding a good college and take the time to finish a good course, then do some hands-on working in gardens.

What does your typical day involve? Usually drawing a survey plan or working on a sketch design. After lunch I will proceed to work on designs at the computer.

What is the best aspect of your job? Working on the sketch design then presenting that to the client provides me with the most satisfaction.

And the worst? Carrying out a garden survey in midwinter when it's muddy, cold, damp and dark.

What have you been working on recently? The Viking Cruises Scandinavian Garden for this year's RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. This is a big project and the garden draws on Nordic heritage and is inspired by the wild natural beauty of Scandinavia. The garden evokes a traditional Scandinavian way of life.

What has been your biggest achievement at work? Winning a gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

What does the future hold for the industry? I would like to think that we continue to attract talented designers to the industry and the economy continues to grow to support them. As far as design goes the naturalistic trend continues to inspire and influence our gardens.

How do you wind down after a hard day at work? I love painting landscapes.

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