What they’re saying

“Caro Garden Design have a highly professional approach to designing and delivering gardens. They are skilled at assessing clients’ needs and developing a design that meets this brief. Both creative but with a careful eye on budget, they were able to support a ground-breaking Royal Horticultural Society project to design and transform a completely paved over front garden into one that still provides parking while being green and attractive. Challenges were always met with pragmatism and by offering solutions for the best, final results.”

Leigh HuntPrincipal Horticultural Advisor, The Royal Horticultural Society

“Caro is amazing. She took the brief and delivered exactly what I asked for. Her management of subcontractors was excellent. Her response to any concerns was immediate and sympathetic. I have rediscovered my garden and love it. I absolutely recommend Caro.”

Stephen HoggLondon

“Having completed an 8 month modernisation and building project, we came to Caro to get her advice on a garden that would be in keeping with the "new house" and capable of withstanding rough play by toddler twin boys. Her design is stunning with a large terrace extending the house living area, a bark chip play area and lovely pergola to watch over the boys. The whole theme is adventure for them with windy paths and wild flower beds bordered by shrubs which can withstand a football. Most important of all it is a beautiful and relaxing place for us to enjoy our new home. Caro and her team were a delight to work with and we have no hesitation recommending their service.”

Henrietta O'SheaLondon

“The garden that Caro and her team designed and planted for us is perfect. Easy to maintain, beautiful to look at and wonderful and restful to be in. It couldn't be better. It is ideal both as a family garden and entertaining area. Caro was a delight to work with and seemed to intuitively understand what would suit our needs and our taste. She recommended and used colour schemes, materials and planters that combine to make a truly amazing garden. We love it. Thank you!”

Kate SymsLondon

“I set a lot of store not just by the expertise of the people I choose to work with, but the heart. Caro and her team turned a soul-less expanse of ground into a living, fluid space, built with love, grit, and a whole lot of passion.”

Caroline McHugh

“Caro Garden Design are brilliant planners and designers, but the thing that impressed me most about them was the time and care they spent preparing their design before they chose a single plant. Jo spent many hours getting to understand my tastes and aspirations, gently coaxing this non-gardener into articulating what I wanted my garden to be before she created a beautifully detailed and coherent plan that reflected exactly what I would have designed myself, if I only had her knowledge and skill. From those conversations, through to a technical survey, several rounds of planning, and planting up the finished garden, I felt that I had a deeply gifted team working for me who cared as much about the results as I did, Transparent on costs and reliable on timings and logistics, I can't recommend them highly enough. And the final result? A garden I love and will go on loving for many years to come.”

Maureen Rice-Knight

“I asked Caro to provide a new fun design for the garden, keeping a couple of trees and the existing deck but otherwise given free rein to make the best use of the space. She came up with a contemporary design involving strong geometric patterns, and a striking feature wall at the end of the garden to reflect the unusual architects’ practice behind the garden. She understood what I wanted and created something I couldn’t have imagined myself, and I would have no hesitation in recommending her - and indeed already have, to at least three other friends who have gone on to commission new designs. Caro is good at anticipating my needs of "annual newness" in the garden and whilst technically strong understands needs for visual communication. I really enjoy the garden at different times of year now and make as much use of it as the English weather allows!”

Leean BuckhamLondon

“We would like to commend Caro and her team for the way in which at every step of the design process the whole family’s views were listened to and with great skill incorporated into the garden plans. Ultimately the journey was just as much fun as the end-product which is now a really beautiful special space and we all feel lucky to see it every day. Thank you so much.”

The Daly-Jones Family

“Caro designed and built my garden in 2005 and has been coming back every year to maintain and update it. I have a wonderful extra outdoor room and everyone who visits always admires my beautiful Japanese oasis in West Ealing! I sit in my garden regardless of our British weather and whatever the stresses of the day it manages to unwind me. Caro understood exactly what I wanted and needed and whenever her and her gardeners have spent the day in my garden I get very excited coming home from work to see the changes. I would highly recommend Caro Garden Design and would be happy for anyone to visit to see for themselves.”

Bettina CrossickLondon

“We were thrilled with Caro Garden Design’s work on a challenging collaborative project to restore a small, completely bricked-over front garden in Greenford back to a proper garden, while still providing parking for two cars. Caro’s design was extremely well-considered and met the demanding brief – attractive looking, maximum green, minimum hard surface, maximum permeability, parking for two cars, low cost, low maintenance and replicability – very well indeed. Caro’s team was a pleasure to work with and we, the other collaborators and the homeowner are all delighted with the result.”

Christine Eborall and Andy LyonEaling Front Gardens Project

“I just want you to know how delighted I am with my new garden completed last spring. The original design and final effect is fabulous. Initially I was nervous about undertaking this project because it was starting from scratch. But I found the whole process fascinating – from our first meeting, when you asked me how I wanted to use the garden, to the lovely designs you gave me (works of art in themselves) with notes on the planting and colours, as well as the hard landscaping measurements for the stonework, raised beds, arbour, water feature and seating areas. The team you picked to do the landscaping and structural work was excellent. I particularly liked the way you oversaw everything and did not allow them to deviate from your plan. This is why, one year on, I have a beautiful garden, which provides a peaceful, harmonious refuge from the pressures of London life – or as my daughter put it – “Wow”!”

Penny ShawyerLondon

“Caro came up with an innovative solution at an extremely reasonable price that gave us a great entertaining space surrounded by imaginative planting – the work was finished when my daughter was away and when she came home she had just one word – “Gorgeous”.”

Glenda ShawleyLondon

“We wanted to update and redesign our poor tired garden. A friend recommended Caro as being an excellent garden designer – they were not wrong. From the very first meeting we were sure we had made the right decision. A clear design brief was established covering all points we raised, including access to the garden for someone with mobility problems. When we saw the garden plan it was everything we wanted and more. Pots, containers, fences, terrace slabs everything was covered by Caro’s design. Any small concerns were acted upon and solutions found very quickly, the planting plan was so wonderfully detailed. Caro identified possible contractors to use and liaised with them throughout the build. From the beginning to the end of the project Caro and her team were wonderful, as were the contractors. Every day we look out on our garden and see something new and we can’t believe the total transformation that has taken place. We totally recommend Caro to undertake a professional and innovative garden design and do it in a very happy, calm effective way.”

Mike & Anita EdmondsLondon

“We are very happy to recommend Caro and her team. Caro was professional, creative and thorough when it came to the design of our new garden. Her care and thoughtfulness means that we have made the most of our garden's modest size, and accommodated our own ideas. When it came to the actual work of removing much of the existing garden and implementing her design, her team were a delight to deal with: courteous, humorous, careful and extremely hard-working. The garden lighting engineer could not be faulted. For us the whole exercise was a thoroughly creative and enjoyable experience; we are delighted with the result.”

Simona & Victoria WetheredLondon

“Caro is a fantastic garden designer and I can definitely recommend her. We had a smallish garden which was very poorly landscaped and we wanted to make it one which could incorporate not only a large goal post and a full size trampoline but also some stylish outdoor living space for adults. A tall order for a London garden. Caro took time to understand what we were looking for and did an amazing garden design which exceeded all our expectations. She is very personable, great to work with, and has given us a garden that everyone completely loves.”

Melanie MossLondon

“I had a limited vision as to what I really wanted; Caro came up with a design that really suited me and my garden space. Caro and her teams' support and expert 'eyes' in managing the actual demolition and reconstruction work was invaluable; any hitches were quickly and professionally smoothed out. As I look out onto my winter back and front gardens I am longing for the arrival of the spring and summer to sit in the different 'rooms' of my back garden to see and enjoy the new growth and colours. The whole process from the early design discussions, to early pruning, deciding on plants to keep and what to get new, to managing the construction work to the final and last plantings was excellent - I could not fault it.”

Alice Mackenzie

“Caro starting working for us over 10 years ago, designing a wonderful garden with large terrace and seating area leading from our new extension, small terrace at the bottom of the garden, interesting path, wonderful plants in the borders and pots. The design really fitted with the style of our house. She also re-designed and planted the small area at the front of our property. We have continued to use Caro and her excellent team for regular maintenance and re-planting of our garden. We would recommend Caro for all aspects of garden design and maintenance.”

Joan Ainsworth

“From the initial meeting through to planting they were knowledgeable, enthusiastic, professional and listened to our needs and likes while suggesting new ideas. Plant choices were just right, and we have interest even now in winter.”

Duncan & Alli Spencer-Gill

“I have been using Caro Garden Design services for at least 6 years now. They are great at design, advice and maintaining my garden. I love their proactive approach.”

Neela Bettridge

“After admiring a new garden that Caro had designed for some friends we decided to use her to transform our own tired and underused garden. Caro listened to our ideas and came up with a design that looks and feels so much bigger and is a massive improvement on what was there before.”

Nicola Whittock

“We were very impressed with Caro Garden Design. We wanted colour throughout the year but have only a small front garden and back patio garden. Jo took great care to understand our likes and dislikes and was not daunted by the constraints of our small gardens. She made excellent suggestions to incorporate plants, pots and trellises that we would not have considered, and made sure we felt fully engaged in the design process. She and Caro braved the wind, cold and rain to complete the planting on time and we are already beginning to see the extra touches that they included even though it is winter. We heartily recommend Caro Garden Design.”

Jon & LolaEaling

“We are very pleased with our new front garden. Particularly successful was the design process which involved questionnaires and discussion with Caro and Jo about the style of garden we wanted, and about the types of garden plants we liked and disliked. The final design clearly reflected these discussions and was an imaginative solution to our various, occasionally contradictory, requests. The result is a delightful garden, which has transformed the appearance of the house and will only get better as it matures.”

KALondon

“We had always wanted a proper herb garden and decided to put a knot garden just outside our kitchen for easy access whilst cooking. We contacted Caro to see if she could help and after an initial site consultation, she came up with a lovely design, incorporating box and lavender entwined in a geometric pattern – and of course, plenty of herbs! In addition to the design, she provided us with a full site survey, multiple suggestions on planting and a thorough costing of the project. She coordinated the entire job from start to finish, including planting on a wet and windy day! We have been delighted with the result and have subsequently engaged her for work in other parts of our garden. We can recommend her highly, as she has wonderful ideas, combined with first class service.”

Anne HattonGerrards Cross

“I have used Caro Garden Design on several occasions - both for planting advice and for more significant design projects. I also use the regular garden maintenance service which is very convenient. I enjoy working with Caro because she is proactive at making suggestions. She also listens to client input but is not afraid to challenge when she doesn't believe something will work. Unlike other garden designers I have worked with in the past, Caro understands that she is providing a service and running a business. In other words, Caro and her team are reliable, organised and in my experience, always do their best to meet client expectations.”

Anna BarrasLondon

“I work in the construction industry; but designing and constructing a good garden is a different skill. We don’t have a huge garden, and one third of it was up a bank; we didn’t have much flat lawn or enough space for a lounging area and eating area for the BBQ – we also had to do something special for the kids – so not asking much! Caro designed a “Moroccan style” large horseshoe shape seating area built into the bank, created more flat lawn and a secret hidey house (with secret foot path) incorporated in the planting schedule. Caro project managed the job to perfection and now the plants are growing up it truly looks amazing and has now become one of the main features of the house. We cannot recommend Caro highly enough!”

Peter & Zecky SquireSurrey

“Caro Garden Design produced an ingenious, elegant solution for our garden. We were particularly impressed by the care taken to consult and involve us in the planning stages so that our wishes and preferences were fully taken into account while we also benefited from the creative and original ideas brought by Caro… the result perfectly suits the needs of the entire family.”

Sheila KavanaghLondon

“By far the best team I've ever worked with. They truly understood the look I was going for and completely nailed it! I would highly recommend them as a company, you simply just won't find any better team!”

Aura BrooksGraphic Designer

“We just wanted to let you know how pleased we are with our beautiful new garden. It looks fantastic and we have been enjoying it with family and friends. The design is great and feels spacious, and all the plants are looking healthy. We are looking forward to seeing them bloom in due course. Our neighbours are delighted with their new fences too! Thank you for your garden design skills, ideas and plans, and you and your team for making it all happen. We anticipate enjoying the garden for many years to come.”

Caroline & Paul SangsterLondon

“We were amazed at the fantastic transformation. Caro came up with a fool proof, easy to maintain garden that was awash with lovely colours by early summer.”

Linda QuintLondon

“Over the past two years Caro and her team have remodelled our mature garden that was beginning to look a bit tired and overgrown (too much ivy!). She has been very professional in providing quotations, drawing up planting plans and sourcing plants. She is very knowledgeable about plants, but unlike some designers is willing to take on board the client's own preferences. She can also organize a subsequent maintenance service which we have found very useful. We highly recommend her and her team.”

Richard BarrasLondon

“A thoughtful and professional design, lovely planting ... Caro took the time to understand our needs and our budget perfectly, our garden has never looked better!”

Belinda ShawLondon

“Caro has worked with me on several projects. In each case she provided excellent service. Totally reliable, friendly and effective. We shared the task of running a stand at a Design Fair and she was good company. Equally when I employed her on several occasions for design work in clients’ gardens she produced inspired concepts and all the clients were delighted. I recommend her 100%”

Kate CrosbyWedding Garden Company

“It sounds like a cliche but my new garden really is another room, I go out into it whenever I can… the circles and the simplicity of the design give it an elegance that is timeless… it looks fantastic when it’s raining because the stone goes dark grey and glossy.”

Alison HawesBristol

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