Top 50 garden designers

With RHS Chelsea Flower Show announced to be back on for 2021, Horticulture Week is using the opportunity to feature 50 leading garden designers with links to their work.

Cleve West
Cleve West

During the coronavirus crisis, restrictions mean more people meeting in gardens. This has led to a surge in sales of outdoor heating (up to 400% up) and lighting, barbecues and outdoor kitchens, garden furniture and home office building.

Other trends in garden design include rewilding and greener re-use of materials for land sculpting in garden projects, a move identified by Cleve West.

Bowles & Wyer sees workplace owners investing in green spaces around their buildings (on roofs, balconies and in communal areas) to create biophilic environments with grow your own areas, relaxed seating and yoga areas at the workplace which may tempt workers back to their offices.

Fisher Tomlin says wilderness gardening will grow and we should be leaving at least 10% of a garden to it’s own as a way of balancing residential client needs with helping wildlife. Also, simple design interventions will become more popular - especially low-cost solutions as people watch their budgets. From a design view this could mean changing maintenance of lawns to cut socially distanced picnic spaces in publicly accessed gardens. From a gardener and designer view it will mean smaller plants.

The RHS says health and wellbeing and international gardens will be big at Chelsea in 2021 with a new category in response to garden's beneficial impact during the coronavirus crisis.

Top 50:

Tom Stuart-Smith

Cleve West

Andy Sturgeon

Christopher Bradley-Hole

Luciano Giubbelei

Kim Wilkie

Sarah Price

Sarah Eberle

Dan Pearson

Piet Oudolf

Nigel Dunnett

Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Dan Bowyer

Tom Hoblyn

Jo Thompson

Arabella Lennox-Boyd

Isabel and Julian Bannerman

Todd Longstaffe-Gowan

Xa Tollemache

Arne Maynard

Michael Balston and Marie Agius

Marcus Barnett

Robert Myers

Hugo Bugg/Charlotte Harris

Juliet Sargeant

Adam Frost

Chris Beardshaw

Mark Gregory

Kate Gould

Tony Heywood and Alison Condie

Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam

Will Williams

Patrick Collins

Ann-Marie Powell

Matt Keightley

Charlotte Rowe

Jinny Blom

James Basson

Daryl Moore/Adolfo Harrison

Catherine MacDonald

Manoj Malde

Paul Hervey-Brookes

Bunny Guinness

Diarmuid Gavin

Butter Wakefield

Debbie Roberts and Ian Smith - Acres Wild

Emma Mazzullo and Libby Russell

Ian Kitson

Pip Morrison

Tommaso Del Buono and Paul Gazerwitz

Tom Massey

Tony Woods

John Wyer

Helen Elks-Smith

Joe Perkins


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