About Lynne

Lynne offers a comprehensive and personal garden design service providing her clients with tailored, innovative design solutions to produce gardens, which enhance the quality of their lives. Her extensive portfolio includes contemporary, traditional, formal and naturalistic gardens of all sizes in London, in the country and on the coast.

Lynne trained under Professor David Stevens FSGD and has been a garden designer since 1997. She runs her practice from London. Her work has appeared extensively in magazines, newspapers and books at home and abroad.

Lynne is a registered member of the Society of Garden Designers.

 

Design ethos

Lynne's work is recognisable for its innovative use of space, creative treatment of levels, strong, pared-down layout and the sensitive integration of natural materials and planting.

Her designs anchor buildings to their landscapes and link interior and exterior spaces practically and visually. The success of each garden hinges on the consideration of proportion, scale and balance and incorporating elements or features unique to each garden when interpreting her client's wishes.

A distinctive feature of Lynne's work is her evocative planting schemes. Structural planting consolidates and enhances the architecture of the garden providing year round sculptural and three-dimensional interest. Seasonal texture, form, movement, colour and scent are furnished with the innovative use of  an extensive planting palette of shrubs, herbaceous planting and bulbs, designed to complement the aesthetic of the design and to reflect client taste for colour and style.   

Garden history and design

Lynne is undertaking projects in collaboration with Angelica Gray.  Angelica has a Masters in both Art History and Garden History.  She is a garden writer, historian and designer who has worked in England and South West France.  She is especially interested in gardens as cultural artefacts and the impact they have on people's lives.  Her recent book 'Gardens of Marrakesh' has received critical acclaim (Frances Lincoln Ltd).


Services

Lynne works with a range of professionals including architects, engineers, other design professionals, nurseries and specialist arts/craftspeople on a project-by-project basis to provide a flexible and bespoke service to her clients. Clients appreciate the value of bringing  Lynne in at an early stage of  the architectural design process when undertaking house renovations or new builds to ensure coherent internal/external design,  a co-ordinated building programme and an integrated budget. She works closely with the best landscape contractors and nurseries to ensure  immaculate quality of construction and a seamless transition from conception to completion.

The garden design and consultation process provides a framework for working closely with clients and other project professionals every step of the way.  The stages are as follows:

  • Initial consultation to understand client requirements, site opportunities and consider design options.
  • Design brief and design proposals agreed upon as the starting point for the garden design.
  • Site survey is undertaken, often by professional land surveyors.
  • Concept design and outline proposals with supporting drawings and visuals.
  • Master plan and detailed drawings for construction.
  • Planting design and plant schedules. 
  • Specifications  if required
  • Landscape contractor is appointed (usually after the concept plan is agreed to establish costs)
  • Consultation and monitoring of the project during the construction and planting.

Planning applications are submitted as necessary

The garden design and selection of materials and plants for each project is undertaken with attention to conservation, biodiversity, water conservation/penetration and sustainability.


Wellbeing & Environment

Whether we garden, play games with the kids, entertain or just look out of our back windows on a rainy day, our gardens ease our stress, improve our wellbeing, evoke memories, encourage exercise and remind us daily that we are part of something bigger.

All our gardens together form an essential part of our ecosystem. There are 15 million private gardens in the UK occupying over a million acres of land. Over 85% of us live in towns and cities and gardens take up about 25% of urban space. They are a rich source of biodiversity, assist water conservation, provide urban cooling and insulation and connect us with the world we share.

OUR GARDENS PROTECT OUR WILDLIFE
Gardens are a refuge for endangered British wildlife. Wildflower meadows have been cleared, marshes and ponds drained, hedgerows obliterated and woodlands destroyed to make way for fertilised farmland, conifer covered moorlands, roads and buildings. Our diverse gardens have stepped into the breach and provided a rich and varied source of food and shelter for the our depleted population of frogs, newts, bats, hedgehogs, indigenous and visiting birds as well as crucial pollinators such as butterflies, bees, moths and hoverflies.

OUR GARDENS PROTECT US
Drought or deluge, the trees and plants in our gardens are vital. When it pours, they absorb rainwater and slow water run off, reducing pressure on drains and the risk of flooding. Permeable and planted surfaces allow water to penetrate to the water table instead of being lost down the drain.

Pavements, roads and walls absorb heat and reflect far less than planted surfaces. Plants, particularly trees and climbers provide aerial cooling by giving shade and through evapotranspiration – the process by which water is lost through leaf pores. Vegetative 'air conditioning' in urban areas reduces the impact of increased temperatures due to climate change and cools buildings, reducing air conditioning requirements. Trees, hedges, climbers and shrubs can act as windbreaks and green walls, green roofs and climbers help insulate buildings to cut energy consumption.

OUR 'ROOM OUTSIDE' HAS GREEN WALLS
We all need space in our gardens for ourselves. Whatever style of garden we choose, we can contribute to our environment and the design and selection of materials and plants for each project can be undertaken with attention to conservation, biodiversity, water conservation/penetration and sustainability. Elements and features might include:

  • Permeable hard surfaces
  • Drip irrigation system for efficient use of water, on timers to come on at night and maximise plant growth
  • Rainwater/grey water harvesting and recycling systems/bore hole 
  • Water butts and composting systems
  • Green roofs, such as Sedum and green walls for buildings and garden structures
  • Drought tolerant planting schemes
  • Planting schemes to attract wildlife and creation of wildlife habitats
  • Ponds, rills and other water sources
  • Bird baths and feeders

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