Join Inchbald's Andrew Duff, bespoke Garden Designer, Richard Miers and Garden and Botanical designer Catherine Chenery in an unmissble panel session discussing Design Trends, Vernacular and Sustainability for Private Gardens.
Catherine is a Garden and Botanical designer with a background in History of Art and a life-long love of plants and the outdoors. Catherine refined her knowledge of plants and eye for design when she studied at the London College of Garden Design, graduating with a distinction.
Catherine’s garden design style is characterised by soft planting contrasted with contemporary landscaping. Designing with a holistic approach allows Catherine to focus on balancing strong design with the demands on the space and the needs of the client. The core of Catherine’s approach is a desire to understand the client’s style and the way in which they want to use the garden, aiming to create a space that is not only beautiful but becomes an intrinsic part of their life and home. Catherine aims to adapt her approach to suit the individual client and surroundings of the garden.
A highlight of Catherine’s career to date was being awarded the People’s Choice Award at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015. Collaborating with horticulturalist Barbara Harfleet, Catherine created ‘Unique’, a show garden for the Rare Chromosome Disorder Society which featured soft, textural planting around curving gravel paths.
A love of natural, informal planting is reflected in botanical styling projects. These include wedding posies of meadow flowers and wild flower bouquets for a Midsummer Night’s Dream themed bridal party. In 2017, Catherine exhibited at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in collaboration with Riot Balloons to create The ‘Chelsea Jungle’, an immersive jungle dreamscape of exotic foliage and vibrant balloons.
Richard Miers has been designing gardens for over 21 years, both in the UK and abroad including a dacha in Moscow, a villa in Sardinia, a country garden for a grade 1 listed house in Norfolk, a 15 acre garden for a new build Palladian mansion in Surrey and numerous town gardens in London. Lauded as one of the top ten up and coming garden designers by House and Garden Magazine in February 2011 he was also invited to design a show garden for The Daily Telegraph/House and Garden Fair in 2007. In 2012 Richard was chosen to represent the United Kingdom in the Gardening World Cup in Nagasaki Japan with his garden ‘Serenity’ and he is honoured to be asked back to create a ‘garden’ feature at this year’s House and Garden Magazine Festival.
Andrew Duff is based in Surrey and runs an international practise, his work ranges from a London courtyard to 64 acres of Devon countryside, from an Argentine estancia to an Indian colonial tea plantation.
‘I work with the same simple approach – the garden should be appropriate to the client, the house and the surrounding area. This design process creates spaces which link the house to garden whilst providing a usable space. You could say they are timeless as they grow as you do.’
Andrew is also Managing Director of The Inchbald School of Design.