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'There is no spot of ground, however arid, bare or ugly, that cannot be tamed into such a state as may give an impression of beauty and delight.'  Gertrude Jekyll




Ernest and Edward Garden Design is named in honour of our Great Grandfathers, both of whom were keen gardeners and plants men. Both have inspired other generations to love the art of gardening. 

Ady (the Garden Designer) is the great grandson of Ernest. Ernest was a keen gardener, but unusually for his day he didn't just grow the typical fruit and vegetables, but had rose beds under-planted with Lavenders, borders full of colour from Echinacea, Rudbeckia, and Echinops, as well as seasonal bedding that he grew from seed in his wooden seed trays. His enthusiasm also inspired Ady's Mum who ran her own plant nursery and was a specialist in Lavenders, and was as an accomplished grower of bedding plants and maker of hanging baskets.  


Ady grew up surrounded by this world and it was only natural that he went to University to study Landscape Design with Plant Sciences. Whilst his eventual career took him in different directions (as a Psychotherapist in the NHS) he has never lost interest in the design of garden spaces. He is delighted to be returning to this profession.

Jonathan, the behind-the-scenes guy, is the great grandson of Edward. Whilst Edward had died before Jonathan was born, his legacy lived on in his own children and their children. Edward worked as head gardener at Buxton Pavilion Gardens, which were magnificent public gardens opened in 1871. The gardens were designed by Sir Joseph Paxton and Edward Milner, who also brought us places such as Tatton Park and Crystal Palace. When Edward wasn't gardening, he was then performing in the theatre attached to the gardens. 


Initial Consultation

I offer a free visit to you and your garden  to discuss your thoughts, ideas and the potential of your garden. 

This stage is vital as you need to feel that I understand what you want, and you also need to feel comfortable with me and my approach. 

Preparation and Brief

This stage includes a more detailed site visit to conduct an appraisal, investigate the soil quality and acidity, and to survey the site.

It is also chance to finalise the project brief with you to ensure that i know what you want from your garden. 


Up to 3 sketch designs are presented to you, following which the Concept design will be developed on the basis of your feedback. 

Planting plans can also be developed according to the project brief and what will grow well in the space.

More technical drawings can be made available, to assist with tendering. 

Installation and Site Operations

I have good established links with landscapers to install the design, but can also assist in the tendering process if required.

Whether you use your own landscapers or people that I know, I can act as liaison between you, as the client,  and them, to ensure that the design is installed as desired and to minimise the impact upon you. 


Gardens are often the poor relatives when it comes finance but Estate agents suggest that a good landscaped garden can add anything from 10-20% to your property value. 

A useful way to think about the costs involved in landscaping your garden is that it usually works out between 4-10% of the value of your property. So, for a property worth £150,000, a landscaped garden is likely to cost anywhere between £6,000-£15,000.

Hiring a designer can help ensure that you get the best for your money. Find out more about the costs using a garden designer below.

terms and conditions

Terms and Conditions are pretty much listed on every website, and they are a pain to read, but please do take some time to read the terms and conditions of hiring Ernest and Edward. 



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