How we work

Colin and Chantal Elliott, founders of the Design and Landscape Centre have been offering garden design and landscape construction since 1990. We grew to become one of the most successful domestic landscaping contractors in the UK. During that time we planned over 1,000 gardens throughout the UK, mainland Europe and further afield.

In 2005 we opened an office in France and became the Garden-Design Co. Now with facilities west of London and south of Paris, we are ideally placed to serve clients throughout Europe. In addition to offering garden design to clients around the globe, we teach the subject at the head of the Garden Design Academy.

We are able to instruct and work with a range of craftsmen to ensure the garden of your dreams becomes a reality and regularly take on a project-management role to see the garden through to completion.

Our strengths include:

  • Garden design

    Design experience

    With nearly 1,500 gardens to our name our expertise ensures we know how to get the best from your garden.

  • Landscaping

    Landscape experience

    Not all designers understand construction; we do, and your project can only benefit.

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  • Technical experts

    Technical expertise

    We use modern technology to help people achieve their goals. Art, craft and science in perfect harmony.

  • Location

    Central location

    With facilities west of London and south of Paris,we are ideally placed to serve clients throughout Europe.

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  • Plantsmanship


    Suprisingly rare in our industry, we know and understand plants well. Plants are the heart and soul of our gardens.

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  • Colin gardening

    Follow up

    A garden is not static, it changes as it grows and will need intervention at times. We can advise on appropiate maintenance programmes.

Our beliefs


We believe gardening matters...everywhere

We are delighted to be asked to work in a wide range of styles, in properties of all types and sizes and in any country. We prefer not to be pigeon-holed as designers of "modern" or "traditional" gardens, for instance, allowing full range to our creativity in a diverse array of projects.

We believe in looking at the bigger picture using our expertise, research and on-site visits to propose innovative solutions. Only then can we create spaces and those tiny but essential details at the heart of irresistible gardens, which complement the space and those who will use it.

We believe in combining science and madness. Mixing the spirit of the place, an ethic of sustainability, design thinking, creativity and cutting-edge technology in order to create the unexpected.

We strongly believe that a garden is essential to a balanced life - You have to live it.



If you haven't been in touch with us before, contact me, Colin Elliott:
+33 (0) 254 40 15 42


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Colin Elliott

Colin Elliott

+33 (0) 679 42 33 87

Garden Design Co


Read more about us, our projects and our thinking in the blog, where we share our thoughts on plants, gardens, design, society, France and other things that interest us to clients, partners, and friends:

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