Following fifteen years working in the art world as a Paintings Conservator, during which time she also founded the print publication MidCentury Magazine, Tabitha decided to fulfil a longstanding ambition and re-train as a garden designer. Having graduated from the LCGD in 2019, she is now one half of design partnership Rigden Saunders and was awarded joint winner (student design, domestic) at the Society of Garden Designers Awards 2020.
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.
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.
The reimagining of a ten-acre site in the Chilterns that consists of a farmhouse with adjoining garden, extensive paddocks and woodland. The masterplan included a large south-facing garden adjoining the house, a natural swimming pond and a courtyard garden. The design takes its cues from the architecture: minimal, clean crisp geometry softened with loose planting.