Horticultural Expertise

The gardens at Manor Farmhouse, Patney – the former home of Michael Balston – were effectively a working laboratory, which illustrated our commitment to research into good garden and landscape plants as well as a sustainable ecology.

At a much larger scale, Marie-Louise Agius is a Director of the gardens at her family home in Exbury. The predominantly woodland gardens, created by her great grand-father, are filled with a unique collection of acid loving plants – particularly Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Magnolias and Maples. There are also many other rare and unusual plants that have been collected from the wild and now grow in the gardens.

A huge palette of plants and combinations have thus been tried out and observed in these gardens of differing scale and purpose. Experience of their performance under varying soil, drainage and climatic conditions brings invaluable expertise to the process of making gardens for Clients. Furthermore, key plants for major horticultural projects are always inspected in nurseries in Europe and more locally before purchase and placing. There is a profound commitment to research and acquisition of good garden and landscape plants as well as collaboration with the best and most knowledgeable nurseries in the country.