Meet Our Experts

Meet Our Experts

Jo Thompson – Garden Designer

Multi award-winning designer Jo Thompson is one of the UK’s leading garden designers. She has won three gold and five silver gilt medals at RHS Chelsea and has been named as one of the country's top ten designers. Her exquisite planting has also led her to be considered one of the UK's leading plantswomen. Jo is designing our first garden at RHS Chatsworth. Read more about the garden and RHS Chatsworth 2017 here.

Rosy Hardy – Plantswoman and Nursery Owner

Rosy runs Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants - a multi-award winning nursery in Hampshire specializing in herbaceous perennials. She has won 20 RHS Gold Medals for displays at the Chelsea Flower Show. This year we are supporting Rosy’s latest display in the Great Pavilion. The display marks her 25th year of exhibiting at RHS Chelsea and follows her Show Garden debut last year designing The Brewin Dolphin ‘Forever Freefolk’ Garden at RHS Chelsea. Read more about Rosy’s exhibit at RHS Chelsea 2017 here.

David Hurrion – Garden Writer

David Hurrion has been growing plants for more than 40 years. He has worked in gardens and nurseries, growing on a range of different soils and in different types of microclimate. He has extensive knowledge and practical experience of plants, crops and growing techniques and an in-depth understanding of garden design, wildlife, geology and climatology.

David also trained as a teacher and has taught a huge diversity of subjects from botany, soil science and plant identification, to propagation, garden design and crop production. As a journalist, David has spent more than 20 years writing for and editing the nation’s crop of garden magazines, most recently working as deputy editor for BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine as well as numerous TV and radio appearances. He has also travelled to every continent, with the exception of Antarctica, to discover plants and gardens, both independently and on more than 40 trips accompanying groups of gardeners.

Darren Hawkes – Garden Designer

Having been in the industry for many years, Darren originally trained as a landscape gardener before moving into design. His designs have a balanced and harmonious feel, with a strong emphasis on the blending of surfaces and materials and a loose feel to planting.

Darren designs large and small scale gardens throughout the South West and London, regardless of size, attention to craftsmanship and detail always remain his main priority. Darren won his first RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold medal for his Brewin Dolphin Garden in 2015.

Matthew Childs – Garden Designer

Matthew Childs Design was born from Matthew’s love of gardens and a desire to create unique and special outdoor spaces for others. He trained at KLC College of Design, attaining a diploma in Garden Design with Honours, and was awarded ‘Top Student of the Year’.

In 2012 he received a gold medal and ‘Best Conceptual Garden’ at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower show for a garden entitled ‘Light at the end of the tunnel’. In 2013 he returned to the Hampton Court Palace Flower show with a show garden for Ecover which was awarded a gold medal and ‘Best in Show’. In 2014 Matthew designed a Main Avenue garden for Brewin Dolphin at the RHS Chelsea Flower show which was awarded a silver-gilt medal. Matthew Childs Design works on a wide range of garden and landscape projects for private and commercial clients.

Robert Myers – Garden Designer

Robert Myers is a landscape architect and garden designer, with a private practice in Herefordshire. He designed gardens at RHS Chelsea in 2003, 2006 through to 2011 and in 2013 he won gold for the Brewin Dolphin Garden.

Recent projects have included the Duke of York Square on the King’s Road; the Bowes Lyon Rose Garden at RHS Wisley; new public spaces at Exeter and Hereford Cathedrals; gardens and courtyards for several Cambridge colleges; a public garden at Torrington Square in Bloomsbury. He is currently working on designs for a major new children’s garden at Hampton Court Palace; a landscape design for the Welcome Trust at the Genome Campus near Cambridge; new gardens at Rockingham Castle; a new quad at Uppingham School and gardens and landscapes for private clients across the UK, the Channel Islands and Europe.

Cleve West – Garden Designer

Cleve runs an award-winning studio in south-west London, and has been designing gardens since 1990. His projects are diverse, ranging from contemporary urban spaces to large country estates mostly in the UK but occasionally abroad. Cleve’s aim is to combine structure with sensuality, the classic with the contemporary, invariably with an element of surprise and always with a keen sense of space, artistry and craftsmanship. Mindful of the natural world and its inhabitants, Cleve also enjoys improving landscapes where wildlife can flourish.

Cleve designed the Brewin Dolphin Garden in 2012 for which he won not only a gold medal but also best in show! He writes for newspapers and magazines and his first book, ‘Our Plot’, celebrates a decade nurturing an allotment in nearby Bushy Park.

Allan Pollok Morris – Garden Photographer

Allan Pollok-Morris's work is best known for large format, exclusive photography of landscape, land art and design. Working internationally for a wide variety of high quality media and private commissions, as well as recent solo, public and private gallery exhibitions in some of the most visited institutions in the world, relating to the subject he works with most: people and place.

Growing up in the different landscapes of Scotland, highlands, lowlands, sea and city scapes, along with a love of travel, have helped develop a deep passion for the visual aspect of people in the landscape.