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Becoming a Designer Member of the Association of Professional Landscapers (MAPL)

Achieving recognition and acknowledgment for one’s expertise is a significant milestone. Melissa Morton has been awarded the title of designer member by the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL). This recognition not only validates years of hard work and dedication but also symbolises a commitment to excellence in the field of landscape and garden design. An […]

How much does a garden design cost?

Image of a garden designer working with a client to produce a garden design for their garden in Yorkshire

If you are looking to transform your garden into a beautiful and functional outdoor space, you may be wondering about hiring a garden designer.  Naturally you’ll be wondering how much this will cost? In this blog post we’ll explore some key considerations. First we will discuss how much will it cost to build and plant […]

A rural family garden for dining & entertaining

A concept 3D sketch of a garden design on Ilkley moor.

A rural family garden for Dining & entertaining Current project | Ilkley Moor, West Yorkshire The Brief The clients wanted… to create areas in their large garden for relaxation, sunbathing, BBQ, eating out and hosting parties, as well as play areas for their daughter. the well used decked area, although in a great location is […]

A terraced garden with a new balcony extension

a terraced garden with a new balcony extension Concept design | Middleton, Ilkley The Brief To renovate the outdoor space to tie in with a proposed new house extension / rear balcony – planned to be built.  Because the existing garden is not particularly useable due to its sloping profile. With planting to be minimal […]

Small back garden to bring joy for retired owner


Small back garden to bring joy for retired owner Current project | Skipton, North Yorkshire The Brief It was time for our client to create her own special place to bring joy to her life after some years caring for her elderly father. The garden investment would allow our client to spend time outdoors tending to […]

A compact north facing garden

a compact north facing garden Sketch planting design | Ben Rhydding, Ilkley The Brief Our clients contacted us with the following request! “We’d like you to help us with a planting design for our back garden. We have a small, north facing back garden.  We had the garden built a few years ago and have […]

Elevate the value of your home extension: top tips when it impacts your garden

Increase the value of a house extension and impact on garden design

There are opportunities to elevate the value of your house extension by taking a few garden design ideas into account.  If you are planning your house renovation with an architect, in the early stages you may not be thinking about how it will function with your garden, or how it will look.     Here are […]

How to design a garden 4: site analysis

Garden design - site analysis of family home in Yorkshire

Garden Design Essentials 4: site analysis – what is it? If you are learning to design a garden, site analysis is the essential step which brings together the previous three steps in the garden design process:  the client brief, the survey and the site assessment.  This step informs the next step, zoning.  In this case study, we’ll share extracts […]

Featured in Country Homes and Interiors

A sunken garden in a country house with a planting design published in Country Homes and Interior magazine

Featured in country HOmes & Interiors: Sunken Gardens Sunken gardens bring a touch of drama and romance to outdoor spaces.  They can be sheltered, secluded & secret. Writer Heather Marshall consulted with various designers to gather views and insights into designing sunken gardens. Share this post More Insights View More Insights