South West based Garden Designer covering Somerset, Dorset and Devon.

Bringing your vision to life!

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image1Whether its giving a tired border a makeover or re-designing your entire garden. I will work collaboratively with you to capture your needs for the garden and transform them into designs to suit your style and vision.

My approach is that of a holistic one. I like to get to know my clients well so I can understand their unique requirements.

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My Services

Complete re-design
From new builds to complete renovations, I can provide a complete service to bring your new outdoor space to life.

Planting Schemes
Detailed planting layouts can be created, these can include plant specifications, quantities and monthly care plans. Plants are sourced and supplied from trusted nurseries.

Project Management
I can assist you with contractor tenders and be onsite to manage the construction of your garden.

Garden Maintenance
In recent times I have become more specialised in the management of large gardens for private owners and exclusive holiday rentals. Please contact me for more information.

Design Process

The design process will of course vary from project to project, however will largely follow the following format.

Initial Meeting
This is the first visit I will make to your home. It’s the perfect time for me to look at the proposed garden space, the environment and surroundings. During this meeting we will talk through your requirements and I will capture the brief.

Site Survey
In order to start the design, I will need to visit and take comprehensive measurements of the garden and take a soil sample.

Concept design
I will create visual representations of the design ideas we have discussed. These will be presented to you before the Master design is finalised.

Master Design
Scale plans of the design will be presented including materials and details for construction.

Planting Design
Basic planting will be covered in the scale plans if we are working to a complete re-design. However, specific planting schemes are available, all including soil type analysis, aspect and maintenance plans.

Ongoing garden management
If required, I can create a realistic guide and plan of how to maintain the garden after its created. How many hours to maintain, costs, yearly job schedule and so forth.

For more information on how I can help you and your garden, please do not hesitate to contact me via or 07500 400 475

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“Sarah is an absolute delight to have in your home and garden. She listens well to ideas and proposals and is very astute and sensitive to personal requirements. Sarah has an in depth knowledge of plants and gives excellent guidance throughout. We are delighted to have her board our “blank canvas” garden and look forward to the concept unfolding.” Hazel Dwyer


“We asked Sarah to come on board to transform our very simple new build garden. Sarah is a joy to work with. She took on our requirements and worked with us to create a large “English style” garden border along the side of our property. I have no knowledge of plants and flowers and Sarah was able to work with me to ensure we got the right planting scheme, foliage, colours and that are garden was encouraging wildlife. We are still working with Sarah as she helps us maintain the garden. We are also in planning stages of turning the lawn into multiple areas that will suit the needs of our family of five. I can highly recommend Sarah for all your garden needs.” Sarah Harbour Cowles


“Sarah is extremely knowledgeable and talented in her field. She took my vague ideas and produced two fantastic concepts for me. I am really looking forward to working with her in the future and turning my boring garden into a Mediterranean style haven.” Rachel Robertson


“Sarah is extremely well qualified and helpful. She provided me with alternative ideas for planting schemes and was sensible in costings. She also tidied my existing garden in order to establish what I wanted to incorporate into the future plan.” Anita Towlson


“Sarah is very friendly. She listened to what we wanted a produced two designs to choose from. We chose one and Sarah amended it slightly to suit our needs. Final plans were very detailed and clear. We would recommend Sarah to anyone wanting garden design services.” Kathy Sturgeon


“Sarah is efficient and cheerfully carries out all that is asked of her. Nothing is too much trouble to do. She has an excellent knowledge of, and a huge passion for plants and garden design. She listens, makes suggestions but does not impose her ideas.
It is a delight to know her.” Lynn Call


“Sarah made the process of designing my garden a very enjoyable experience and I am so delighted with the result. My front garden receives many compliments from friends and passers by. There is something lovely to look out on throughout the year. As well as being awesome at her job, Sarah is a lovely person to work with. She really listened to what I wanted and was very good at taking me step-by-step through her design ideas and presented me with fantastic planting plans.” Polly Tyekiff


“Sarah is just what we have been looking for to help us bring our garden back to life! She is a lovely person to have around, hardworking, punctual, what more can I say! I would definitely recommend SJW Garden Design to others.” Mrs K Doran


“Fantastic plant knowledge and great ideas for planting this Spring. Very excited to continue my work with Sarah soon!” Sally Maidment

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