About Hugh and Kate

Hugh JohnsonHugh has been working & engaging with the countryside from childhood, being, in part brought up on a farm in rural Somerset.He is dedicated to the benefit that people receive from green spaces, the ability of gardens and landscapes to inspire people and feed the soul.

Additionally the creation of garden environments will benefit wildlife and the environment as well as the person, even on a small scale. The greater number of birds, bees and butterfly’s seen in the garden tends to add to the feeling of well being of the client & therefore the value of their garden to them

Hugh is a hands on talented gardener & garden designer, based near Bath in Somerset. With over 30 years of experience in horticulture, amenities and conservation.

He is happy to maintain & develop gardens to a high standard, additionally being very practical he can bring a great many associated landbased and property skills. If you want a garden design, from an agreed brief he will produce clear, workable, hand drawn, creative garden designs.

Hugh delights in creating English country Gardens with a contemporary twist. He has an In-depth knowledge of plants, with special interest in, English country gardens, fragrant plants & sensory gardens, topiary hedges & structure, and a good understanding of natural habitats & their management. Hugh is an advocate of movement in the garden and very often, sweeping curves and wavy lines feature in his designs. This comes from several sources including that of the English knot gardens but also his partial upbringing in Hong Kong and the influence of the Chinese dragon. Services include full garden maintenance & development. For design, arranging & overseeing contractors, all planting work, dealing with planning applications, conservation planting issues & any associated agencies.
Hugh has a good knowledge of garden history & styles so can create a design to fit in with your requirements and fancies.

He will give advice on new & existing gardens or landscapes, their development, aftercare & best horticultural practice, incorporating design principles, garden styles & history.

Experience & Qualifications

6 years as gardener & gardener designer
10 years as Head Gardener of a 3 acre sensory garden
5 years as self employed gardener
6 years as a Countryside Warden / Ranger
HNC Garden & Landscape Design, Lackham College, Wiltshire.
2004-06 HND in Rural Resource Management, Seale Hayne College, Newton Abbot, Devon.
1986 -89 College Diploma in Agriculture, Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester.
1984-86 Working with volunteer groups & leading projects,
Working with people with disabilities & leading projects.
Presenting & giving talks and guided walks
Member of the Professional Gardeners Guild

Kate HickmottKate has had her hands in the soil for as long as she can remember- so after a career in training and employment she picked up a garden trowel and developed her gardening business.

Her motivation for gardening is deeply personal and although the end product is very important to her it is the process that she finds most rewarding and being out side in amongst it all that she finds so stimulating. It is this passion for gardening that Kate would like to share through her mentoring.

Kate’s love of colour and the thrill of combining plants that complement one another is evident in her plantings and she works on planting plans with or for customers.

Kate is committed to sustainable practice in garden development and maintenance and uses organic principles , her starting point is always the soil.

Some of her favourite things…….

Ancient made land forms , frosty mornings, skylarks singing on a hot day, daisies on the lawn, flowing drifts of flowers and grasses, wonky topiary, shafts of sunlight in a shady wood, the veg patch in august.RHS Level 3 Cert in Practical Horticulture – on going

2011 Frome Community College
RHS level 3 Cert in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting
2010 Lackham College. Lacock. Wilts
RHS Level 2 Cert in the Principles of Horticulture 2012 Lackham College
Member of the Professional Gardeners Guild
Member of Garden Organic