Local award-winning garden designer, Matt Keightley, shares his thoughts on creating the perfect garden
At Rosebank we believe town gardens are some of the most exciting schemes to design, focussing on intricate detail and maximising use of space to form a stunning outdoor extension of your home. Your new garden will be a seamless transition from the interior to exterior, from you to your garden.
Matt Keightley, Creative Director of Rosebank, has advocated the positive impact gardens have on both mental and physical health throughout his career: ‘I know myself how interacting with, and becoming engrossed in, a garden can relax you and provide sanctuary to reflect. We all lead such busy lives that it’s important to build in time for quiet contemplation. There is nothing I find more satisfying than nurturing and tending to plants that will ultimately make the garden look better or provide produce for us to eat.’
A report by The King’s Fund noted that gardens and gardening have “been linked to long-term reductions in overall health problems, including reduced levels of obesity and higher self-rated mental health”.*
Each garden design starts with a personal consultation with our design team at your location or in our design studio in Richmond Upon Thames. We will discuss your aspirations and style preferences for the space, as well as how it will develop over time and throughout the seasons. As a designer, Matt aims to inspire his clients to see their garden in a different light, to help them use it in ways they didn’t necessarily think was possible and exceed all expectations.
As a design and build studio, we then work together with our customers from this point throughout the construction process to aftercare.
Matt’s top tips to green up your space:
– Get the family involved. I love showing my girls how things grow.
– Engage all the senses by choosing plants with different textures and fragrances, such Pinus Mugo and Iris Sibirica Pansy Purple.
– Include fragrances you equate with happy memories. Rosemary reminds me of growing up and playing in my grandparents’ garden with my brothers, so is one of my favourites.
We have a wealth of experience from rooftop and residential gardens in London, to country retreats, public spaces such as RHS Wisley and award-winning Chelsea Flower Show Show Gardens. This diverse experience demonstrates our experience and expertise to deliver inspiring gardens, expertly crafted.
For design inspiration, please contact Matt at Rosebank Landscaping on 020 8255 0132 or email email@example.com. Follow Matt: @matt.keightley @rosebanklandscaping