These references refer to a sample of my previous projects. The projects include a domestic garden design commission, a commercial landscape project and my work at the BBC Gardener’s World Garden.
Alys Fowler, Television presenter, BBC Gardeners World
During his three years at Berryfields, Geoff made a significant contribution to the multi-faceted projects that comprise the weekly Gardener’s World TV series, bringing his design and gardening experience to bear on much of the garden. His input influenced many of the items that featured on the Friday evening BBC2 programmes. Geoff’s professionalism and reliability made him a firm favourite with the presenters, the film crew and the gardening team.
Truly phenomenal. Geoff took the trouble to get inside my mind and came up with a design that met all my criteria and was truly stunning.
Mr. & Mrs. Timms
Geoff listened to our thoughts and requirements and came up with two very considered garden layouts. Very cleverly he made great use of a small plot of land and complemented the surrounding vegetation and buildings. The garden is now an enclosed and comfortable place to be, with an easily maintainable array of plants which can be added to if needs be. Geoff and his construction team kept us informed all the way through the project and stayed well within a reasonable budget. Geoff manages to use light and shadow very well and this is enhanced with clever planting. The garden as it stands is getting better and better with time, and is evolving as Geoff had said it would. With Geoff you are not buying a ready made designer garden, but an evolving masterpiece.
Mr. & Mrs. Malcolm Smith
I have been delighted with Geoff’s thoughtful and expert approach to the design of our garden, which has provided the catalyst for its transformation into a truly delightful and integral part of our home. In particular, I have greatly appreciated Geoff’s ability to turn concept into reality in a way that exceeds expectation, and his collaborative, empathetic approach where he uses his expertise to inform, support and enhance my original vision.
Mr & Mrs Finch
Geoff’s remarkable skills as a designer, his vision and professional knowledge, his humour and people skills proved more than a match for the daunting challenge presented by our brief. Following the removal of a very large building, straddling ours and a neighbour’s garden, the resulting sunken area/building site, had to be matched in, artistically, to the other half of our existing garden which was on a different level. Not an easy task. A new boundary fence and a summerhouse, surrounded by a large sun terrace, had to be incorporated plus some added height for structure. Geoff was enthusiastic and untiring in solving our dilemmas, working closely with us and providing professional advice with regard to detail, style and planting. Several design options were provided to us and the project fine tuned which, at the end of the year, produced astounding results. When necessary, Geoff also has on call a very professional landscape team to help implement his designs. We are more than delighted with our new and beautiful garden and can confidently recommend Geoff for any garden design project.
Geoff has been working miracles on our three acres of garden for a year. During the year, he has transformed the garden from chaos into a well organised, picturesque oasis. Geoff is very organised, reliable and practical but he is also a thinking gardener with extensive knowledge linked to creativity. He plans ahead, works with initiative but also has a real eye for detail and keeps on top of all the jobs that the garden throws up. The garden has never been better maintained and I cannot recommend Geoff highly enough as he has been a joy to work with and an inspiration to do more with the garden.
Oliver O’ Dell, Swindon Town Centre Manager
Geoff has been employed by Swindon Town Centre Management on a basis, charged at an agreed day-rate following a formal tender process. Geoff was given a difficult brief in terms of the town centre project – one that involved interpretation of a theme, decisions on project management, co-ordination of partnership contributions and sourcing materials. The project demanded both project management and horticultural skills and adherence to a fixed budget. Geoff is an easy person to work with and will listen to the demands of a project, offering considered suggestion and application of expertise. His approach to research in ensuring integrity of a project is also an attribute that could offer considerable value to any commission that he might be given. Geoff’s contribution to our project exceeded expectations and offered significant added value over and above the brief he was given. I would happily work with Geoff again. I would have confidence in his ability to offer innovative and creative solutions to project constraints, and would enjoy his diligent and engaging work ethic.
Cynthia and Alan.
Every morning Alan and I sit in chairs which look out over the garden and we both say how lucky we are to be living in such a beautiful space and with so much to look at and enjoy. At some point during the day, we both do a “circuit” of the garden paths to admire the variety and discover what’s changed overnight. It’s really breathtaking and uplifting and thanks to your vision of what could be possible.