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Who we are

We offer a complete garden service covering advice and consultation, design and planning as well as landscaping, planting and garden maintenance.

We have been established since 2000 and our unique one-stop service means we can take care of all your gardening needs. Our proven track record means that we have customers who come back to us again and who we have worked with for many years.  We specialise in period gardens, particularly Grade I and II listed however we are happy to undertake any aspect of your garden work either large or small.

What sets us apart from the others is our commitment to excellent service and reliability. Our team are friendly and cheerful and we are boundlessly enthusiastic and practical and have proven skills in horticulture and landscaping. We take time to listen to our customers in order to give them the garden they really want. We are up to date with all the latest trends in garden design and style and being fully qualified in design and planning can put these into practice.

Our garden maintenance service is particularly popular, we manage and take care of some of the most beautiful gardens in the Bath area. Our service is tailored to you and your garden’s needs and do not need to include a weekly or regular visit. We work as a team and do much more than simply cutting lawns and hedges. We are very experienced in the long-term management and care of gardens and believe that maintenance alone is not enough without good horticultural knowledge. Our seasonal gardening services include pruning, bulb planting, turfing and border planting.

Emma Bond HNC, MSc, MIHort

Emma has a lifelong love of nature and the outdoors and decided to make a major career change to horticulture in 1999, when she worked as a gardener in small private gardens in Bath.

She was accepted to train with the Women’s Farm & Garden Association in 2001 and completed a traditional apprenticeship, which was followed by a 2-year HNC in Garden Design & Planning at Wiltshire College, Lackham.

Emma was also a Regional Supervisor for the WFGA scheme for the South West, supporting gardening trainees in a range of impressive private and public gardens.

During this period Emma also set up the company Bath Garden Design offering all types of garden services, which continue to be on offer to this day, including consultation for private and commercial gardens, garden design and planning, soft and hard landscaping and construction as well as planting services and specialised maintenance. Over 19 years Emma has gained considerable knowledge and experience in managing, planning and designing gardens of all types and sizes.

Emma was awarded a Master’s Degree in Science at the University of Bath in the Conservation of Historic Gardens and Cultural Landscapes in 2015, and this has enabled her to expand her repertoire in advice and expertise in conservation management plans, survey and assessment as well as historical research.

As a major part of her work, Emma offers a unique and very popular consultation service that enables individuals and businesses to have expert advice, inspiration and help with landscapes and gardens and this also includes planning advice for conservation and listed buildings issues.  She has built a large client list over the years and is a well-known and established expert in her field.

Emma also has written for a number of publications and blogs over the years including RHS The Garden, Bath Life Magazine, The Bath Magazine and others.  She is currently working on her first book about gardens and she is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture.

Tim Green

Tim made a career change in 2014 and trained to become a professional gardener through the Women’s Farm and Garden Association Scheme. He has been working with Emma and her team for more than four years and is currently completing his Royal Horticultural Society training in the Theory of Horticulture. He enjoys the challenge of working in listed gardens in Bath as well as being a key member of the garden maintenance team and his interests cover all areas of horticulture and developing skills in pruning and training of trees and plants. Tim loves working outdoors and being in touch with the changing seasons, having worked in an office for most of his working life. Tim has a good eye for detail and enjoys the satisfaction of working on our many projects from start to finish and seeing how they evolve. Tim brings a cheerful, can-do attitude to the team and is an enthusiastic member of the team.

Jen James

After a career in charity management Jen decided to make the move to professional gardening in early 2018 which is when she began working with Bath Garden Design. She is currently studying towards her RHS level 2 in the Principles of Horticulture and has a special interest in permaculture and sustainable organic gardening.

Jen gets a great satisfaction out of creating and maintaining beautiful gardens for our clients and continues to learn and develop her skills to that end. She loves working outdoors and the magic of horticulture and nature inspire her everyday.

Jemma Smallman

Following on from a career in retail management, Jemma has been a professional gardener since 2013 and has successfully completed both The Royal Horticultural Society RHS II at Lackham College and RHS III, Principles of Garden Planting, Construction and Planning with Distinction.

Jemma has been closely involved with design and renovation work on many garden projects of all sizes, as well as managing and implementing planting schemes and soft landscaping. She has managed some significant Georgian garden renovation and replanting projects in central Bath at The Royal Crescent as well as The Circus and many more rural projects in Somerset and Wiltshire. Jemma has attained the experience, skill and understanding that these Listed properties require and is also knowledgeable about planning law relating to statutory listings.

Jemma is the head gardener and manager for the garden maintenance element of Bath Garden Design. She heads up regular visits to gardens and manages the horticultural work. She is very experienced in general garden maintenance, pruning techniques, lawn care and plant knowledge. Maintenance clients include the Duchy of Cornwall, two large Rectories on the outskirts of Bath, as well as many city centre gardens. Her valuable hands-on experience means that she understands every element of gardens as well as their needs.

As part of her career development, Jemma has undertaken a garden design course with the Horticultural Correspondence College. She has a keen eye for creative design and paired with the knowledge gained from years of practical work in gardens, this has lead to the desire to expand on her knowledge and learn more about the field. Jemma has worked closely with Emma on many of our design projects over the last few years and thoroughly enjoys seeing gardens go from ideas, through the planning stages, to the final presentation and then seeing the gardens created and come to life.

Tom Dawson

Tom has more than eleven years of experience working in horticulture, and more specifically with Bath Garden design. He is responsible for the day-to-day running of the business administration and it’s many elements as well as making sure that our clients are given the best service. He also assists with the hands-on side of our work when we are working on large projects.

As a trained designer and photographer, Tom is responsible for the design and managing of our website and social media accounts and in his spare time grows his own fruit and flowers on his allotment and volunteers at community garden projects including Vegmead and Wild Walcot.

Tom is a currently studying RHS level 2 in the principles of garden planning and is a member of the Professional Gardeners Guild.