Tabitha Rigden

Having worked in the art world as a Paintings Conservator for over a decade, I took on the editorship of the professional industry journal and this sparked a passion for publishing that led me to start my own magazine. In 2011 MidCentury magazine was born, championing modernist architecture and design, a subject close to my heart that was – at the time – underrepresented in the media. My interest in design and love of the natural world guided my decision to change career and fulfil a longstanding ambition to spend more time outdoors. So, here I am, a student at LCGD!





Urban courtyard garden

A shared courtyard garden for two London Art Dealers, inspired by the paintings of 20th century Viennese artist Egon Schiele. A space to be utilised for corporate events as well as admired from inside the respective galleries.

Wedding venue, Kew Gardens

A garden for Cambridge Cottage, a Grade II listed Georgian house bordering Kew Gardens, which is hired for weddings and other events. My formal garden reflects the pared down, elegant aesthetic of the architecture, while the exotic planting scheme – capitalising on the microclimate within the site – was inspired by the Georgian ‘plant hunter’ mentality. A playful twist to provide a spectacular backdrop for photographs.

A modern ’woodland edge’ garden, the Chilterns

The garden is inspired by Chesham Bois, an area of woodland that can be seen from the garden, and a deciding factor in the purchase of the house. I wanted to give the clients an immersive experience, where they feel like they are stepping into the edge of the wood every time they use their garden. The clients are fans of modernist architecture, so the design and materials palette are inspired by the clean lines and strong geometry of their 1960s house.

A large family garden in the Chilterns

The garden is inspired by the view of Chilterns. Its rhythmic, ‘lazy’ curves form the basis of my design, splitting the plot with a series of horizontal planted beds that break up its length and provide a journey between house and view. The garden comprises hot perennial planting with lawn near the house, and a looser pastel-toned planted meadow scheme further down the garden to encourage wildlife and blend into the landscape beyond. There is a natural swimming pond and deck at the end, a quiet retreat away from the house.