Wendy Stokes of Wendy Stokes Garden Design has been creating beautiful gardens since 2004, before which she worked for the National Trust commissioning photo shoots for their properties and gardens. Being amongst some of the best gardens in the country inspired her to retrain as a Garden Designer and she is a Pre-Registered Member of the Society of Garden Designers.


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Based in Kingston upon Thames she has designed hundreds of gardens in and around London, the South East, Cornwall and Spain. Here she has condensed her experience into five helpful tips:

1. Know What you want;

What do you want from your garden? We all use our gardens differently so examine the way you live.  It’s worth taking time to canvas other family members, but don’t be tempted to cram everything into a little space.

The first rule of design is to pare down excess.

2. Size matters;

As with the interior of your house, the elements you introduce into your garden should work together to form an harmonious location. The general rule is to allow more space for garden furniture than you might think so be generous in your design.

3. Be comfortable;

You’re most likely to spend time in your garden sitting and relaxing so remember furniture must be both comfortable and accessible.  If space is an issue plan the design around the furniture rather than the other way around.

4. An element of surprise;

A hidden fountain or bench is a lovely feature for you or your guests to chance upon. You don’t need a large garden for this to work, just imagination and careful planning. Don’t be afraid to break up the garden, even if it’s small.

5. Work with nature;

The most important element of the garden are the plants. Think about which way your garden faces and which is the sunniest spot? This will influence your plant choice and where you might place a seating or dining area.  Once you know your soil, aspect and prevailing conditions you won’t go far wrong.


Garden Design by Wendy Stokes offers a full-service garden design consultancy from concept to completion and anything in between.  We’d love to hear about your garden project.

T: 07940 507501

E: info@wendystokes.com

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