Melanie Jackson.

I am a garden designer and gardener living in Bath. I am fortunate to have been based in the South West for many years where I have worked with a wide range of clients, helping them to improve and love their gardens.

I graduated in 1995 with a degree in Landscape Design from Manchester Metropolitan University. This gave me the skills and passion to combine art and design with the natural environment. Keen to start designing my own projects, I worked for an organic gardener, so that I could learn more about horticulture and my plant palette for garden design. I then teamed up with a construction engineer to offer a complete “design and build” service, working closely with the customer building beautiful, practical and sustainable gardens. Whenever possible we use local materials and re-claim or recycle items for decorative or practical use.  Although I have designed and built over a hundred gardens, I remain a keen gardener and I am especially interested in planting design. I strive to create individual gardens that develop a sense of place but also relate to the local environment and wildlife.

In 2011 I decided to expand on my interest in the history of garden design and gained an MSc in The Conservation of Historic Gardens from the University of Bath. From this I am qualified to carry out historic assessments of registered landscapes, design gardens for listed buildings and in conservation areas. My work includes period reproductions, landscape restoration and contemporary design within historic settings. I have also worked on conservation projects for the National Trust and community or school gardens in and around Bath.