Creating landscapes involves harnessing the beauty of nature to awaken the senses and enliven the spirit...
Her love of plants and appreciation of gardens began in early childhood, cultivating corners of her parents’ and grandfather’s gardens, and through visits to the local churchyard to sit under the trees and admire the roses.
She studied Art and Three Dimensional design in Brighton gaining a BA (Hons) Degree along with a strong foundation and understanding of composition, form, structure and materials that continue to inform all her garden designs.
Leaving college, she worked for a time in environmental conservation and then as a landscaper working alongside several acclaimed landscape and garden designers in the UK and abroad before setting up her own soft landscaping firm, originally with an all-women team.
Her continuing passion for planting and design led her to additionally train and qualify as a Garden and Landscape Designer receiving her Diploma in 2007 from Merrist Wood College under the tutelage and guidance of renowned author, RHS judge and garden designer Andrew Wilson, founder of the London College of Garden Design at The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.
Through planting for other designers at the Royal Horticultural Society shows, Rae gained experience of the intense process involved in designing and building show gardens, subsequently accepting commissions and delivering her own award-winning show gardens.
From her West Sussex studio, Rae Wilkinson has now completed numerous varied private and public gardens and landscapes for satisfied clients throughout Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, London, South-East England and further afield.
She is often invited to contribute her insights, experience and professional expertise alongside other design professionals in panel discussions and events, and to industry magazines and the mainstream press.
Rae is also in demand as an accomplished and published photographer - most of the images in this website are her work and more can be found on her Instagram page.
Rae Wilkinson is a registered member of:
The Society of Garden Designers – Fully Registered (MSGD)
The British Association of Landscape Industries – Accredited (BALI)
Chartered Institute of Horticulture – Member (MCIHort)
If you have a new garden design project, or would like to explore exciting new possibilities for your existing garden, get in touch with Rae to book a consultation.
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!