Rae Wilkinson Garden and Landscape Design - Garden Designer Sussex, Surrey, London, South-East England
Rae Wilkinson Garden and Landscape Design - Garden Designer Sussex, Surrey, London, South-East England
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Rae Wilkinson Garden and Landscape Design - Garden Designer Sussex, Surrey, London, South-East England

Award-winning garden and landscape designer Rae Wilkinson creates stunning modern, classic and sustainable gardens with a naturalistic feel.

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Working from her studio in West Sussex, Rae's extensive portfolio of garden and landscape designs range from small contemporary urban courtyards and village gardens for traditional town and country houses, through large country gardens and landscaped schemes for rural estates, to modern designs for contemporary houses from Huf Haus to cutting-edge architectural Grand Designs.

Commissioned to design brand new gardens and reimagine existing gardens, Rae's sensitive, naturalistic designs often include outdoor living spaces and features - swimming lakes and pools, outdoor gyms and play spaces, kitchen gardens and al fresco cooking and eating areas.

In addition to private residential projects, Rae also undertakes public realm commissions including sensory care gardens, and charity-sponsored show gardens.

Whatever the scale or nature of the project, Rae creates bespoke designs that respond to her clients' individual aspirations and requirements, connecting each garden to its unique setting with inspired sensitivity.

With 20 years of experience creating gardens and landscapes, Rae's deep knowledge and intuitive feel for horticulture and materials lead to the creation of beautiful, usable and sustainable outdoor spaces.

 View of a contemporary garden by Rae Wilkinson Garden and Landscape Design - Garden Designer Sussex, Surrey, London, South-East England  View of a garden by Rae Wilkinson Garden and Landscape Design - Garden Designer Sussex, Surrey, London, South-East England
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I believe in connecting people with their outdoor space. Beautiful spaces bring people outside where the extension of their living space can enable them to connect with nature.

Rae's approach to garden design

Every garden design project begins with understanding a client's individual needs and aspirations along with gaining detailed insights into the specific nature and setting of a site and the unique opportunities and challenges it presents.

Rae is passionate about helping people make the most of their space and setting. “I believe in connecting people with their outdoor space. Beautiful spaces bring people outside where the extension of their living space can enable them to connect with nature,“ she says.

She brings her intuitive creativity and extensive practical knowledge of horticulture and materials to design gardens that will evolve as they become established. Her early training in Art and Design and her experience in environmental conservation and sustainability are fundamental to her approach.

Rae values the restorative power of plants and gardens, bringing a philosophy of spiritual wellbeing to each commissioned project.

 View of a contemporary garden by Rae Wilkinson Garden and Landscape Designer Sussex, Surrey, London, South-East England

Award-winning creativity and design

While the pursuit of awards has never been a motivator, Rae’s work has received a number of accolades including a coveted RHS Gold medal, People’s Choice award and Best in Show award for her ‘Space Within’  Mindfulness Garden at Chatsworth in 2019.

She was awarded a silver-gilt medal for her 2015 Healing Urban Garden (HUG) at RHS Hampton Court Flower show which was also one of English Garden Magazine's top picks of the show.

Rae has created gardens and trade stands at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and been involved with other award-winning gardens.

Gold Medal Mindfulness Garden RHS Chatsworth 2019. Rae Wilkinson Garden and Landscape Designer Sussex, Surrey, London, South-East England

RHS Chatsworth Mindfulness Garden. Rae Wilkinson Garden and Landscape Designer Sussex, Surrey, London, South-East England

An exciting journey

Making a new garden is an exciting, creative opportunity and Rae seeks to make the journey as enjoyable and satisfying as possible for everyone involved.

Rae monitors and consults through the entire process and is 'hands-on' with every aspect from the initial consultation to completion. She will design and oversee all elements of a scheme from hard landscaping to planting schemes, along with site-specific, bespoke features such as seating, planters, water features and other architectural elements including decking, living walls, terraces and garden lighting.

From the outset, open and clear communication between designer, client and all involved in the project is hugely important for successful outcomes – Rae is committed to establishing and maintaining strong and effective working relationships with the team of professional contractors, planters and artisans who collaborate in the creation of her garden and landscape designs.

To learn more about commissioning Rae, and the fees and processes involved, please get in touch.

Below: Rae Wilkinson with two members of the team who collaborated in the creation of her award-winning Healing Urban Garden at RHS Hampton Court, 2015 - Alun Heslop furniture sculptor, and Tecwyn Evans of Living Landscapes.

RHS Hampton Court show garden. Rae Wilkinson with her installation team. Rae Wilkinson Garden and Landscape Designer Sussex, Surrey, London, South-East England
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I have loved working with Rae. She is wonderfully creative and has vision with a great eye for details. She provides a first class service and there is always a clear thought process behind her designs. I have no hesitation in recommending her.

Find out more

Rae Wilkinson creates gardens in London, Surrey and thoughout the south-east, but will also consider projects further afield.

If you have a new garden project, or would like to explore exciting new possibilities for your existing garden, get in touch with Rae to book a consultation.

If you're not quite ready but would like to keep in touch, you can follow Rae on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram - click on any of the square images below to see what she has been up to lately and perhaps add a comment!

Responding to the Covid-19 situation, Rae is now offering initial design consultations by video. To book a Zoom consultation please get in touch - Rae would love to meet you!