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About

Susanna Brown

I have been working as a self employed Landscape Architect and Garden Designer since 1992. I pride myself on a friendly service offering inspiring ideas.

My aim is to create beautiful and atmospheric gardens that reflect the personal style and practical needs of my clients.

I have created a wide range of both contemporary and traditional gardens, ranging from tiny courtyards to very large gardens.

Clients have included comedian Jasper Carrott, footballers Andy Townsend and Ben Foster.

My design philosophy is to:
• Use strong structural design
• Utilise clean and simple lines
• Use materials which compliment the house and surroundings
• Offer creative solutions to challenging situations

I have an excellent plant knowledge and enjoy creating bold and beautiful planting designs which range from highly ornamental to naturalistic planting schemes using indigenous species to reflect the local landscape and habitats.

From a very early age I have loved art and gardens. My first job was working in a local garden centre and then with a ceramic artist. I later studied horticulture at Pershore College and then a Post Graduate Degree in Landscape Architecture at UCE, Birmingham. I have a strong practical background having worked in nurseries, garden centres and for landscape contractors.

My career has been a lot of fun and has included amongst other things radio and television work. I have worked with Charlie Dimmock and Diarmuid Gavin. I have also had the pleasure of meeting Alan Titchmarsh, Monty Don and Andy Sturgeon.

See below to view my credentials in detail.

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Credentials

Scholarship

Scholarship

Martin McLaren Scholarship
Oct 1992
East Coast of America studying Landscape and Garden Design Styles.
Scholarship awarded by English Speaking Union

Writing / Published Work

Writing / Published Work

‘Good Ideas for your Garden’
Readers Digest, Summer 1995
Main contributor
Front Gardens by Gay Search
Featured garden

Lecturing, Talks & Demonstrations

Lecturing, Talks & Demonstrations

University of Central England, Birmingham
2002 – 2009
Visiting lecturer on both graduate and post graduate Landscape Architecture courses. Involvement includes studio work, carrying out critiques and most recently specialist structural planting design lecturer.
Pershore College of Horticulture
Oct 1993 – Jul 1995
Part time lecturer in Garden Design evening class
As well as lecturing at the college, I have given talks and demonstrations to a wide range of groups and organisations which include: Reading University, Royal Horticultural Society, The English Speaking Union and local garden centres and gardening societies.

Television & Radio

Television & Radio

UK Style ‘The Weekend Gardener’
Designer and presenter for 5 half-hour programmes
BBC1 ‘Charlie’s’ Garden Army’
Project manager on community based garden project in Small Heath, Birmingham. View magazine article
BBC1 ‘Real Rakeovers’
broadcast Spring 2000
Garden construction, team member on makeover series
HTV ‘Garden Calendar’
broadcast Apr 1995 – Nov 1997
Interviewer & presenter horticultural feature slots. 30 week series
BBC2 ‘Gardeners World’
broadcast Jul 1993
Interviewer
BBC2 ‘Front Gardens’
broadcast Jan – Mar 1993
Designer, presenter and horticultural advisor for the series.
Radio Interviews
I have conducted numerous radio interviews and have also been involved with a live outside broadcast ‘troubleshooting’ gardens and offering on the spot design solutions.

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

Hampton Court Flower Show
Jul 2000
Australian Wine Bureau
NEC Gardeners World Live
Jun 2000
Australian Wine Bureau
Hampton Court Flower Show
Jul 1999
Australian Wine Bureau. View PDF
Chelsea Flower Show
May 1991
Pershore College of Horticulture

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Susanna attentively listened to mine and my husbands, fragmented, contradictory and vague wish list for our dream garden and turned it into a stunning landscaped design that exceeded our wildest expectations. Susanna strived for perfection and looked outside ‘the box’ to create a timeless, beautiful garden design which enabled us to clearly visualise the finished result. I would also add that her professional and perfected management skills reflect the high standards and buy-in she achieves from builders, labourers and gardeners alike.”