Christopher Edgar, Lead Designer & Founder

Design is the most important factor in the success of any space, whether inside or out. Good design can help a client achieve their aims, be that a specific use, or a feeling they want to get from a space.

In garden design, it is critical to get design decisions right first time. Trees and hard landscaping are fairly immovable objects, and as such mistakes can be costly.

Christopher Edgar

I have studied Garden Design at the Inchbald School of Design, one of the most prestigious design schools in the world.  This has improved both my creativity and my decision making.

I have always been always been passionate about outside spaces and the beauty of gardens.  Growing up in the Northern Irish countryside, I learnt from my parents, who had a natural talent in making beautiful, 'year-round' gardens, even in difficult conditions.   I saw how careful design and a love of plants are integral to producing the perfect garden. 

I firmly believes that a garden should reflect both its users and its surroundings.   A garden should reflect the personality and the lifestyle of those who will use it; it should be somewhere to enjoy, relax and entertain.  A garden should also relate and respond to its surroundings, both man made and natural.  I believe that one of my primary roles as a garden designer is to balance these aspects.

I enjoy all four British seasons, and design gardens with interesting colours, shapes and textures throughout the year.  Other features that are characteristic of my gardens include entertaining spaces, water features, art and sculpture, and lighting.

In a previous career I worked in the City, and though my true passion has always been in creating beautiful outdoor spaces, skills I learnt in terms of budgeting, stakeholder management, effective project management and financial planning continue to prove useful in my career as a garden designer.

In recent years I have had the opportunity to create and improve several gardens, ranging from small urban plots to large country gardens. In 2015 I designed a sculpture garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show that was awarded a 4-star Tradestand Award.

I am married with two young sons, and enjoy sports, art, travel and cooking.

 

The success of a garden pivots on the quality of its design. Choice of planting and hard landscaping is almost irrelevant if the design is not suitable in the first instance.