Established in 1987, Judith Sharpe has designed a wide variety of gardens and likes to maintain a strong relationship with her clients from a half-day consultancy to projects which last a lifetime. She believes that the tenets of good design can be applied to any type of garden from modern/cutting edge to something more traditional. And that, above all, a good garden should never date.
Judith Sharpe’s passion for gardening stems from a childhood spent in an Edwardian garden where the opportunities for fantasy were endless. With garden visiting and exhibiting at flower shows, it was a truly horticultural background from which there has been no escape!
After graduating from The English Gardening School at the Chelsea Physic Garden in 1987, where she completed a one-year course in garden design, she has gone on to complete several hundred commissions in London, the Home Counties, Cornwall, France, Italy and Spain
Several of her clients have opened their gardens for the National Gardens Scheme, as she has done herself in the past.
Judith believes that the key to good garden design lies in the division of space. A garden should include some element of surprise to entertain and intrigue, avoiding predictability at all costs. She is a strong advocate of structural planting, making a well-furnished garden throughout the year. She also believes in the principle of “less is more” which is essential to good design.
Her work has been featured on TV and in many newspapers, books and magazines.
In 1998, her garden “Gone for a Break….. A Tribute to Dick Allen”, designed for the Horticultural Trades Association, won a silver medal at The Chelsea Flower Show. In 2001, she designed the Shloer Garden – a large show garden at The Chelsea Flower Show. Despite being the exhibitor with the least sponsorship, she won a bronze medal and praise from Christopher Lloyd, Beth Chatto and Roy Lancaster.
Judith Sharpe – Garden Designer in Kent