Rory Glanville is a garden designer, illustrator and writer.
Growing up in the Kent countryside, Rory spent his early days exploring the outdoors, but it was his grandmother’s Spanish garden in Andalucia that ignited his passion for plants and beautiful gardens. Brimming with plants, it was a serene and secluded paradise.
Now based in London, Rory graduated from the London College of Garden Design in 2019, studying under Andrew Wilson. Prior to this he graduated with a BA in Zoology at Royal Holloway, University of London, then enjoyed 5 years with BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, writing for the website and magazine.
Following Rory’s most recent graduation, Rory has been assisting Julia Wylie with garden design and development, who continues to serve as a mentor.
Through his designs, Rory strives to create gardens that serve as calming refuges for people and wildlife.
This project saw the transformation of a precious urban nature reserve into a thriving, habitat-rich space that caters to wildlife, and the surrounding community.
Set in the Chiltern Hills, my design for this small, sloping garden saw the creation of a series of terraces composed of poured concrete, lawn and gravel. Special care was taken to include a broad range of pollinator-friendly plants, while the lowest terrace featured deciduous Stewartia trees to help the garden melt into the landscape beyond.
With spectacular views over the Chiltern Hills, this design for a family garden combined wildlife-friendly ornamental meadows with a strong sense of flow and direction, all leading towards the vista at the end of the garden. Sinuous mown paths create a fun sense of exploration, while a projecting limestone terrace and more informal fire pit area at the end of the garden provide spaces for the family to eat, drink and enjoy.
The design for this events and wedding space in west London took inspiration from the winding form of the nearby Thames to create a series of flowing beech hedges, which form the backbone of design. A limestone terrace provides space for guests to congregate, while the hedges, along with billowing, wildlife-friendly planting beckon further exploration of the gardens.
This exciting project is part of an ongoing revitalisation of a large family garden, designed many years ago but now needing an update. The client brief was quite open, with wildlife-friendly plants desired. Visuals presented to the client give them an idea of how the completed borders will look, along with the plants selected. These plants include a wide range of different flower types to suit a variety of pollinators, such as bumblebees, beetles and hoverflies.