Helen Saunders

Surrey, London and the surrounding areas

With a background in Fine Art, and several years in the photographic industry, often working with architects to produce architectural visualisations, I became inspired to take my own plunge into the world of design.

I’ve always been fascinated by the natural landscape, and growing up in Derbyshire, was inspired by the dramatic, rocky vistas of the peak district, and the communities of plants and trees which colonised the landscape.

In 2019 I joined fellow London College graduate, Tabitha Rigden to form Rigden Saunders Garden and Landscape Design, a studio which combines a shared passion for naturalistic planting, with an understanding of spatial composition, texture and colour.

In designing a garden, we draw on the context of the site, whether it be the local landscape, materials, plant ecology and architecture, to create a garden which works in harmony with its surroundings. We create gardens, which function both to provide a useful, enjoyable space for the client, and ecologically, using plants, which happily co-exist and enjoy the site conditions, to create a beautiful and sustainable space.

During my spare time, I volunteer at Morden Park Hall, where we are in the on-going process of designing, building, and growing the community-run kitchen garden there. I’m interested in how gardens can bring people together, and the power they have, to enrich people’s health and sense of well-being.

I was recently pleased to be shortlisted for the Student Society of Garden Designers Awards for my Derbyshire garden, ‘Broadstone Holt’.

To see my instagram account, please click on the link below:-


Helen Saunders – Courtyard Raingarden
Helen Saunders – Cambridge Cottage, A Gallery and Events Venue
Helen Saunders – A ‘Floating’ Woodland Edge Garden
Helen Saunders – A Woodland Glade Garden in the Chilterns
Helen Saunders – Derbyshire Garden

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