Duncan is one half of Cargill Sykes, an award-winning landscape and garden design studio based in London. Graduating with distinction in 2018, the following year he was presented with an award from the Society of Garden Designers and a Silver-Gilt medal for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden that he designed in collaboration with fellow graduate Colm Joseph.
Our approach is rooted in traditional garden design principles being applied to contemporary needs and tastes. We are currently working on small and large projects in London, Gloucestershire and Norfolk.
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Using the principles and materials of classical design but applying a contemporary planting approach, this garden looked to the future with a modern reimagining of Sir Roy Strong’s The Laskett’s colonnade and rose garden. It was a celebration of the Perennial Charity’s 180th anniversary and the bequeathment of The Laskett to them. The garden was awarded a Silver Gilt medal.
The client wanted an unconventional garden; a place of escape, to soak up the plentiful sun as well as a space for entertaining. We created a reclaimed timber boardwalk and deck surrounded by ornamental trees, richly planted Mediterranean perennials and a wide variety of grasses for all seasonal interest. Standing stones from Wales punctuate the planting and a winding path connects the main garden to a shaded side terrace. There’s an outdoor shower too.
A 50m border set beneath a beautiful 17th and 18th century country house façade, we created a summer focussed scheme with classic and contemporary plant combinations. A modern boarder with the familiar roses and peonies but put alongside more unusual selections, such as veronicastrum, anthriscus and acanthus.
An on-going project to transform a private domain in the South of France. New avenues pushed through tangled woods, a new one acre gravel garden, new courtyard planting with fragrant herbs and fruit trees and an evergreen walk through Mediterranean oaks. A new boundary walk, terrace garden and nut grove are in the process of being implemented.