I love it when our SDG design students come back and tell us how they’ve got on, this time in particular because I think we could all do with a bit of positivity with all the global events of the past few weeks…

Sam is in the UK and had no prior experience of gardens or designing before she embarked on our Great Garden Formula course…

I’ll leave it to Sam to tell you about her garden in her own words…


“I wanted to post about the transformation of my garden but first a huge thank you to Rachel for inspiring me and giving me the confidence and skills to do this. I’m so inspired, I’ve taken a huge step towards a new career and have signed up to a professional diploma course at the London College of Garden Design in the autumn, so watch this space!

About the garden: We moved two years ago and wanted to do something to brighten it up as it was pretty dull. I did the Great Garden Formula over the winter and drew up plans. My partner agreed to removing the hedge and replacing it with a fence. We thought that would be the easy part…

The fence guys had to come back and it took them 10 weeks to complete the job. Meanwhile spring was turning into summer and I was desperate to get planting! So unfortunately it’s not as full as it should be by now, and the lawn is still recovering from the works, but I’m delighted with the results and it’s only going to get better!


View of the whole plot from above, where you can see the impact of starting with the shape of the lawn. I love curves, my partner likes straight lines so we came to a compromise! Actually this straight edged oval is perfect as it means we can get wider side beds than we otherwise would if we used an oval, and more lawn space than if we used a circle. Meanwhile his favourite complaint is that he’s only been left with a lawn the size of a handkerchief to mow (he loves his mowing) – you can see here that’s just not true!”GardenAFTER2

A GREAT JOB SAM! Well done!

To add to the achievement, Sam has been accepted as a design student in the prestigious London College of Garden Design on the strength of her work, enabling her not to have to go through dreaded interview process! So congratulations on all fronts and we look forward to seeing lots more wonderful gardens from you.

If you’d like to take the same course Sam has which teaches design to a professional level, then do check out the Great Garden Formula 3.0 course





Rachel Mathews
Rachel Mathews

Professional international garden designer for over 30 years. My mission is to de-mystify garden design and make it easy for people to successfully design their own garden - without needing to spend a fortune!

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