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Oliver Rutman

United Kingdom

Oliver runs a small award-winning studio undertaking work in London and across the UK. We believe that plants are key in creating atmosphere in gardens. Our horticultural expertise allows us to design imaginative planting schemes that ensure there is year round interest in every garden.

Awards include:
People’s Choice Award for the Exotic Border at Belvoir Flower and Garden Festival and Pro landscaper 30 under 30.

Current projects include:
City gardens in Cambridge, Oxford, Brighton and London.
Rural projects around Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and Cotsworlds.
Garden for the staff at the Royal Free Hospital.

Instagram: oliver_rutman


Oliver has always loved the natural environment. He started his career in horticulture at the internationally renowned Great Dixter House and Gardens in East Sussex. Here Oliver developed his understanding of succession planting, garden management and the importance of biodiversity. Known for its imaginative planting and experimental combinations, Dixter has inspired Oliver’s interest in unusual plants and creative combinations.

Oliver studied Garden Design at London College of Garden Design based at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Shortly after graduating Oliver designed and built a show border at The Belvoir Flower and Garden Festival which was awarded ‘People’s Choice Award’.

Oliver has assisted MSGD and RHS Award winning designers on their projects and Chelsea Show gardens. Experiencing the exceptional detail involved in the design, planting and hard landscaping has given him an excellent eye in his own designs.

Keen to continue learning, Oliver has attended symposiums at Beth Chatto’s Garden (Essex), Parham House (Sussex) and Bergamo (Italy). Oliver has travelled widely looking at landscapes and the flora they contain. His most recent trip has been to the cloud forests of Peru,.

Video Biography below is taken from the London Collage of Garden Design #intheirgarden series filmed during lockdown.

Oliver Rutman – Kent Farmhouse
Oliver Rutman – Cambridge
Oliver Rutman – Plantsman Garden
Oliver Rutman – Exotic Border