I passionately believe that everyone can have a beautiful space to share with family and friends and encourage wildlife, and that even those who lack the time to maintain it can still have a garden full of plants. Everyone deserves a joyful garden unique to their circumstances and environment.
I have had a lifelong obsession with plants. As a child, I was constantly in the garden, and through this a passion for garden design was born. After graduating from the University of Exeter with a degree in mathematics, I spent the following ten years in the City, becoming a senior risk manager before deciding to hang up the spreadsheets and follow my dream. This technical background has honed my eye for detail.
My designs have often been described as being sensitive to their setting; I aim to work with nature and the prevailing conditions (and challenges – what garden doesn’t have them!) instead of fighting them.
This family garden’s transformation honours its existing features with a rich mix of plants and subtle hard landscaping. A spacious dining terrace is nestled among the greenery, along with secluded spots for a quiet cup of tea. The generous planting beds coexist with a retained lawn, creating a harmonious fusion of natural beauty and practical, family-friendly design.
The garden was inspired by my love of reading a good book whilst in the company of plants. With summers becoming warmer, drought tolerant planting is a sustainable and practical choice for city centre balconies.
I was delighted to be awarded an RHS Silver-Gilt Medal
This garden was sponsored by The Folio Society
All image credits: © Maria Savoskula
This design is inspired by Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye, one of the client’s favourite architects. Villa Savoye includes a garden terrace which forms part of the house and as such is hidden from the outside. This led me to explore an inverse idea of terraces and retreats hidden within the garden.
The design opted for low maintenance but visually impactful planting, which can be enjoyed year-round from the terraces or within the lounge and kitchen. To meet the client’s request for a small vegetable growing area, there are productive pockets within perennial plant beds, which can be filled with other ornamental plants in the years when the client’s busy career leaves little time to grow veg.