Jayne Anthony BSc (Hons), DipGD

About Me

From graduating with a Biochemistry degree I started a career in management with a national food retailer starting out in store management and later marketing and managing packaging design projects. However, I loved the great outdoors, being in nature and tending plants, and after 17 years this led me to re-evaluate my career path.
In 2005 I qualified for a Diploma in Garden Design with the KLC School of Design in London and in 2009 passed the Royal Horticultural Society Certificate in Horticulture with a commendation.

With over 15 years of experience in garden design I continue to provide garden consultants, designs and planting schemes for clients in and around Bedfordshire.

My focus is on making beautiful spaces for people to enjoy in a way that is sympathetic to the local environment, kind to our local wildlife and with sustainability in mind.

I have extensive plant knowledge and can advise on existing plants as well as creating appropriate and beautiful new planting schemes for you to enjoy in all seasons.

Why I love designing gardens

Garden design encompasses many disciplines. Creating a design brief requires having the ability to listen to clients’ dreams and aspirations and then reflecting these in the design. Surveying the site requires mathematical accuracy and attention to detail. Designing requires creativity and problem solving ability. Finally, planting design requires an eye for colour and form and horticultural knowledge.

The diversity of these disciplines is one of the reasons I enjoy designing gardens as it utilises my skills and experience in science, horticulture, design and project management, as well as my ability to understand and respond to the needs of my clients.

Above all, the satisfaction of seeing a finished garden, and a few months down the line, a happy client that loves spending time in their new garden, is a joy.

“We were really impressed with the design service offered by Jayne. Jayne was able to take our initial brief and translate this into a stunning contemporary design that really made the most of the small space we had and provided a great backdrop to our new kitchen extension. The combination of hard landscaping and planting have completely transformed the garden. Over several meetings she was able to communicate the concepts and hone the design and even sample materials. She then recommended and then liaised with the landscaper to ensure the implementation went to plan before completing the final planting.”

Mrs Fenner
Marston Moretaine

"I found Jayne to be very friendly and pleasant to work with. The design is lovely - very attractive. I was impressed with Jayne's willingness to adapt to and take account of our cost constraints and likes and dislikes regarding plants. All work was carried out efficiently and pleasantly. Jayne was always ready to discuss and advise about design and plants and has transformed a boring and rather difficult small garden into an interesting area which will only improve as the plants grow and mature."

Mr & Mrs Barwell
Welwyn Garden City

We love our garden now. Our two dogs had pretty much destroyed it and it had become an embarrassment. We never used it, not even just for ourselves. It now has structure and a proper patio area and is always good to look at even in this bleak weather!

This will be our second spring with it and I'm really looking forward to seeing everything grows again and how it will change this year.

Mr & Mrs Crooke

Jayne was always totally reliable, whether coming out to look at the garden or providing plans and ideas, and is a very knowledgeable plantswoman.

She had a good understanding of what I wanted to do with the garden, and always listened to my ideas and then made suggestions that were appropriate to the location and aspect.

Mr & Mrs Townsend
Houghton Conquest

Jayne's ideas of how to transform a long straight garden into something more interesting were quite inspirational. By introducing shape and perspective the garden now has structure.

The planting plan she suggested has added interest and constant colour which changes with the season.

Needless to say we are delighted.

Mr & Mrs Collier

We were delighted with Jayne's approach to our garden and her understanding of what we were trying to achieve.

Her knowledge of plants and what will actually work is fantastic.

Three years on we are still delighted with our garden.

Mr & Mrs Bryant

Jayne has a real passion for gardening and her knowledge of plants is highly impressive. She seems to know exactly which plant will thrive in a particular part of the garden - sunny, shady, soil type and so on. She also thinks about the proportions and overall effect.

To work with, she is extremely flexible and happy to give you just the bits of advice or help you need.

Mel Henson
Welwyn Garden City