Hello, I’m Emily.
I am an RHS Level 2 horticulturalist and a London College of Garden Design graduate.
So what else..? Why me..?
12 years as a teacher taught me how to work effectively and connect with people, balancing empathy with practicality, patience and guidance.
As a mother, I understand the social and emotional impact that a well considered and thoughtfully designed garden can have on the family unit: I create spaces for each and all, that work hard to uplift and inspire.
As a passionate nature lover, I am committed to creating gardens that support the natural world : mutually benefiting both nature and the lives of my clients.
My innate curiosity and years of world travel has given me a broad, eclectic frame of reference from which to draw inspiration.
Studying with LCGD and my own design practice has exposed me to diverse sites, scenarios and client needs. I have designed for small, urban gardens, large multi-purpose events venues, rural family gardens and even a university college campus and an outdoor classroom. The challenge of finding that unique quality for each site, solving problems, creating inviting and balanced spaces for each individual is at the heart of each design.
I am based in Cambridge and my practice focuses on delivering unique, imaginative and uplifting gardens that are personal to the client and memorable to all.
From the start of your garden journey, I will be there to guide you through and will create a space that is tailor-made to you.
The journey is an exciting one and the result really can change the way you live.
Please do contact me if you are interested in making this exciting step: I’d be delighted to help!
Instagram – @millington.emily
The concept for this purpose-built, all female, university college was to look at key female pioneers that have represented and empowered women in the professional world: specifically the artist Annie Albers, whose work is included in the college’s permanent collection.
* To redress the imbalance of the site and improve the relationship of the garden to the architecture.
* To improve functionality of the garden by defining areas for different uses.
* Provide display space for art installations and sculpture.
* To create a bold, powerful and beautiful environment for female students.
Up Hill, Down Dale.
Inspired by the stunning local geography, the aim is to bring the Yorkshire Dales into the garden to remind the family of the wider landscape around them. Rock formations inform the shape of planting borders, winding valley roads create the spine of the garden’s paving and boulders become refuge points and seating.
* Entertaining for family: 12pax
* Seating in each area
* Woodland hang-out for children
* Sense of cohesion around the garden
English Country Cali Cool.
The concept behind this project was post-modern, architectural references: specifically Farnsworth House by Ludvig Mies Van de Rohe.
The geometry of the house gives clear lines of sight and reference points. Using this as the template, the planting can contrast entirely with its hard landscaping to evoke a softer, richer feel that emphasises the natural, more gentle side of the English Garden.
* Replacement deck.
* Entertaining: pizza / bbq area.
* Views to the woods to be promoted.
* Fit around the new extension: indoor / outdoor living.
* Low maintenance.
Royal Roots and New Horizons.
This garden is a metaphor for RBG Kew – built on Royal roots, but evolving and adapting its role to embrace modern science and society, looking to the future and staying relevant.
The garden is split into three main areas:
• Traditional Parterre: the formal entrance and welcome area.
• Evolutionary Parterre: leading you through the garden on your journey.
• Contemporary Parterre: the destination / resting place / meeting place.
• Introduce materials that are more in keeping with the property.
• Improve the character & atmosphere and mass & void of the garden.
• Ensure the garden is suitable for different events and for large numbers of guests.
• Improve access onto and around the site.
The 3D model of the Events Garden at Kew, was created to test the design in a 3D format. The model is fully scaled in every detail and when photographed, gives a true sense of how it would feel to experience the garden in person. It gives the client an extra insight into their project and the designer, an opportunity to test the design before real-life construction begins.