Our state of the art design studio is recognised as one of the UK’s leading design practices gaining an outstanding reputation for style and innovation.

We have a strong understanding of  how gardens make us feel and how we respond to the landscape that surrounds us. We believe that landscapes and gardens should not only have a sense of place and be beautiful, but that well designed gardens can have a huge positive impact on our well-being.

Great gardens require creativity, attention to detail and craftsmanship, but looking after our clients is key.  You are at the heart of our business.  We have an enviable reputation for our high level of service, being approachable and reliable combined with great attention to detail.  The design and build process takes place over a number of weeks and months and we develop relationships based on trust. We replace the hassle by peace of mind.

Importantly, you can be assured that at all times we work solely for you. We do not take hidden fees from any landscaper or specialist that is needed for your project. When we recommend a contractor they will give you their best price because they do not pay us commission. We work solely for you – we guarantee it.

Truly special gardens do not happen by accident, they are the result of talented designers working together with skilled craftsmen and artisans. We work with a range of specialists in fields such as construction, landscaping, architecture and irrigation to name but a few and can call on them on them when necessary.

Our knowledge of garden features such as furniture, containers, seating and sculptures is second to none. We are happy to work with you to find products that suit you, your garden and your budget.

The Society of Garden Designers (SGD) is an association whose Registered Members are full-time talented professionals in garden design.

Membership is coveted with the SGD representing the top 2% of garden designers in the UK. The Society was established in 1981 in order to identify those designers whose work is of the highest professional standard. Emphasis is placed on the excellence of work.

Only Registered Members of the SGD with proven experience are permitted to use the letters MSGD, denoting Registered Member of the Society of Garden Designers. Academic training forms only a part of Registered Members’ qualifications, for they must also show practical ability based on experience.

Fellows of the Society are Registered Members (MSGD) who have been recognised for making an exceptional contribution to the SGD or the garden design profession, and use FSGD (Fellow of the Society of Garden Designers) after their names.

Registered Practices of the Society: All design work carried out by the Practice is undertaken under the supervision of a Registered Member who has passed the SGD accreditation process. Registered Practices must abide by the Societies Code of Conduct for Practice Membership.


Helen Elks-Smith  FSGD

Helen is passionate about garden design and has the unique ability to think both creatively and technically enabling her to create beautiful landscapes and gardens that work.  Helen completed a degree in Mathematics before retraining at the highly regarded Writtle College, embarking on the garden design degree course.  Whilst the ability to analyse in a systematic and logical way is incredibly useful for site analysis, skills such as spatial reasoning and the ability to think in 3D are invaluable.  At Writtle Helen became very interested in our response to space and the landscape that surrounds us, and has a strong understanding of the way gardens make us feel – an awareness that underpins all of Helen’s designs.  Helen has won many awards and her work is featured in a number of books and regularly appears in magazines.  Helen is a full Registered Member of  the SGD and in January 2020 was made a Fellow of the Society for her outstanding contribution to garden design.   Having spent many years living in and around London Helen now lives in the beautiful New Forest.