Linda Lewis

Designing gardens for domestic and commercial clients in the South East of England

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Welcomes

Quarry Road

Oxted

Surrey

RH8 9HF

Biography

After a career in finance I am pursuing my long-held ambition to create uplifting gardens and outdoor spaces. I have been studying and working in this area since 2010 and it is a joy to see projects through from concept to maturity. My design and horticultural training enables me to re-imagine the structure of your outdoor space, use interesting and appropriate materials and to select plants that enhance the design, reflect its setting and have the best chance of thriving in your garden

Diploma in Garden Design – London College Garden Design, Kew Gardens London 2020
Diploma in Plants and Plantsmanship – English Gardening School, Chelsea London 2011
RHS level 2 horticulture – Hadlow College 2012
City and Guilds – History of Garden Design – Hadlow College 2010

Projects

Contemporary poolside garden, Surrey

This renovated poolside area called for a cool, minimal approach to frame the seating area and retain views of the extensive garden beyond.  The planting has winter structure with yew domes which catch the frost in the winter and grasses which hold their silhouettes until early spring.  A succession of seasonal colour and texture unfold as the seasons progress

Rural garden, East Sussex

The brief was to unite the house and existing home office and garden buildings with a scheme which celebrated the rural outlook.  An enclosed courtyard was created between the house and the offices with relaxed cottage style planting.  The garden room and seating area were surrounded by prairie-style planting to reflect the colours and movement in the field beyond.

Evening sun terrace, Surrey

Set against a beautiful stone wall this sunny retreat called for planting to give a feeling of seclusion from the house and a celebration of warm summer evenings, evocative of the Mediterranean.  The drought-tolerant planting incorporates a pastel palette to complement the colour and character of the brickwork.

Family Garden, Berkshire

This garden covered the diverse needs of a growing family with flexibility being central to the design

Several multi-purpose spaces were created including a garden room doubling as a home office and an outdoor woodland area for either dining or entertaining friends.  The long vista down the garden culminated in a productive garden with space for an orchard and vegetable/flower beds set around a large greenhouse which could function as a summerhouse

The garden zones were partially divided by dry stone walls inspired by local stone and planting was inspired by nearby woodland common land

Surrey Winery

A concept garden for a boutique winery in Surrey

Set in a mature parkland, an aromatic courtyard offers visitors the chance to relax by zinc water features, surrounding by a planting scheme inspired by the aromas and colours of wine.  Informal zoning is achieved with apple espaliers and vines to enhance the sense of ‘place’.  The design merges the geometry of the house with tendril-like beds planted with grasses and perennials to provide a diaphanous screen and to still permit a view of the outlook beyond from the outdoor rooms ideal for drinks or outdoor dining

The scheme extended into the parkland to incorporate woodland walks with an emphasis on wellbeing and relaxation, wine tasting, discrete buildings used for treatment rooms.  The whole experience leaving the visitor with a real sense of renovation and relaxation