Naomi Ferrett-Cohen is a Sussex based landscape and garden designer whose life-long love of the outdoors and gardening inspires her creativity. In 2018 she won a Silver-Gilt medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the design of the A Life Without Walls garden and she regularly contributes towards other show gardens around the UK.
Much influenced by her landscaper father, from a young age Naomi has been a keen gardener. Since then, nature and gardening have formed the constant backdrop to her working and family life, whether pottering in her own garden or when she volunteered in the stunning and inspirational gardens at Parham House in West Sussex.
Before a career break to start a family, Naomi worked in the care sector with people with mental health problems and learning disabilities has a firm belief in the importance of horticulture for human wellbeing, both physical and psychological. Now with a family of her own, this interest extends into creating gardens for children and families, encouraging them into the garden together to explore and share what nature and horticulture has to offer.
Inevitably, Naomi was drawn to pursuing these interests as a career and, having attained her RHS Level II in Horticulture, went on to train with the London College of Garden Design, gaining a Garden Design Diploma in 2015 and a Planting Design Diploma in 2016, both with Distinction.
Now heading up her own Landscape and Garden Design Practice nestled at the foot of the South Downs in Sussex, Naomi continues to find inspiration in the nature around her, working on design projects large and small. Through her many contacts in the industry, Naomi has also been involved with Gold medal winning show gardens at RHS Hampton Court and recently won Silver-Gilt for her A Life Without Walls Garden.
Naomi was excited to work with renowned HIV partnership, Cherub, at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. The garden she designed and built as a platform to help raise awareness about young people living with HIV in the UK and beyond. Naomi’s garden aimed to challenge stigmas and promote the message that it’s possible to live well with HIV, as well as highlighting the search for a cure through dedicated scientific research.
Naomi designed her debut garden with young people in mind, working in conjunction with children’s HIV charity CHIVA, which has offered advice and inspiration. Using over 1,000 plants, the key species included Acer Osakazuki, Acer Vitifolium, Acer Palmatum, Drimys winteri and Dicksonia antarctica, supplied by Hortus Loci Ltd. Other materials included composite stone for a white ‘pod’ structure, Welsh blue-grey slate and bamboo composite.
The garden was built by Burnham Landscaping and conceived by Professor John Frater, University of Oxford and Professor Sarah Fidler, Imperial College, London.
Naomi was really excited to receive a Silver-Gilt award from the RHS.