About

The Studio

At the studio we aim to provide a complete design and aftercare service. We manage everything from initial design concept to build and aftercare.

We take on projects throughout the United Kingdom including in sensitive areas such as Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Conservation areas. We do not aim to just roll out the same formula for every garden we design instead we look and study each site individually and speak to our clients about what they want to achieve. This formulates how we design the space and what type of planting goes into it.

Being a small studio many of our clients like the personal approach we take. Even in this virtual world we still like to come and see your garden to get a feel of aspect and views.

Oliver runs the studio. He is an exceptional plants man and this shines though in every garden that we design. He started his career in horticulture when he was 17 at the international renowned garden Great Dixter in East Sussex. Here Oliver developed his knowledge of succession planting, garden management and the importance of biodiversity. Great Dixter as the birth place of succession planting and continues to experiment with plant combinations to this day.

Prior to setting up his own garden design practice Oliver studied at the London Collage of Garden Design based at the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew. This set Oliver in good stead to go and work for a number of MSGD and RHS Chelsea award winning designers. Oliver has worked on their Chelsea gardens as well as their own private projects.

In 2019 Oliver was selected as one of the Pro Landscaper 30 under 30. This prestigious award is given to 30 upcoming talents in the Landscape industry every year. The landscape industry covers garden design, horticulture, arboriculture and landscaping.

In 2020 Oliver got commissioned to design a garden for Macmillan at the Harrogate Flower show and was also progressed into the final of the RHS Young Designer competition. This involves building a show garden at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show in July. Unfortunately this was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. We are looking onward to seeing Oliver’s design come to life at another RHS show in the future.

One of the key places we get design inspiration from is the natural landscape. This has lead Oliver to travel worldwide looking at plants his most recent trip has been to the cloud forests of Peru. We also travel to go to international symposiums and meetings some recent ones we have attended are Beth Chatto Symposium (Essex), Parham House (West Sussex), I Maestri del Paesaggio ( Bergamo Italy), Weinheim (Germany) and Malmö (Sweden).

As well as running the studio and traveling Oliver also trials plants in his own garden. This project has been invaluable and introducing more unusual hardy plants into our designs.

Oliver Rutman ACIHort

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