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Helen Saunders

Based in Surrey, works across the UK

In designing a garden, I draw on the context of the site, including the local landscape, materials, and plant ecology to create a garden which is sensitive to its surroundings and draws out the character of that place. I create gardens which reflect my client’s wants and needs, using plants which happily coexist and enjoy the site conditions, to create beautiful, low-input spaces. Sustainability is one of the driving forces to what I do and wherever possible I reuse and recycle materials, reducing the carbon footprint and bringing texture and character to the garden. I am inspired by wild landscapes, and I constantly draw on these to create spaces which connect people with nature.

Instagram: @helenkatess


Helen has a background in Fine Art Photography and having gained a Masters, worked as an artist for several years creating photographic landscapes. She then spent several years working with architects to produce visualisations, before retraining as a garden designer at London College and graduating with a distinction. She has since designed a wide range of gardens from small urban plots to large rural landscapes and loves the diversity the work brings. In 2020 she was a finalist at the prestigious Society of Garden Designers Awards and in 2021 won the Paper Landscape Award for a project in collaboration with fellow designer Tabitha Rigden.

Helen Saunders – A ‘Floating’ Woodland Edge Garden
Helen Saunders – Derbyshire Garden
Helen Saunders – Vauxhall Garden
Helen Saunders – Epsom ‘Secret Garden’
Helen Saunders – Epsom Townhouse Garden