Dan Bowyer and Andrew Fisher Tomlin love gardens and we aim to create unique and imaginative gardens for our clients, designed to fit with their busy lives and to work within their budget. Each project is approached individually and we are able to design and construct projects from large residential gardens to small city gardens.
You will always get a garden specialist not a landscape generalist because we work with a range of professionals suitable to different projects. The people we work with are recognised for their skill and finish, from our landscapers to our long-established nurseries and specialist services such as tree surgeons will all provide a unique service.
Whilst having stepped down as a Director, Andrew Fisher Tomlin remains a part of our team as a horticulture and design consultant on some of our projects. If you would like to contact Andrew specifically please call our office and we will put you in touch.
We have created gardens all over the world but our main area of work is focused on garden design in London, Surrey and Sussex. We are especially known for Wimbledon and Surrey gardens but we will travel as far as we need to for interesting projects. So wherever you are, if you like our work, please give us a call.
Recognition for our work
Like many garden designers in the UK we have won Royal Horticultural Society medals including RHS Gold and ‘Best in Show’ Awards in 2014, 2016 and 2017 for show gardens. However, unlike most other designers we have also been recognised in the UK and internationally with over 40 awards for real gardens and landscapes for real customers. Recent awards include:
- Jardins de la paix – Hut-de-France 2018 Jury selection
- RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017 Gold medal and Best Construction Award
- London in Bloom ‘Exceptional’ Award 2016 for Warren House, Coombe Wood
- RHS Chelsea Flower Show Product of the Year 2016 finalist with Oxford Planters
- RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016 Gold medal & Summer Gardens Best in Show
- RHS ‘Outstanding Neighbourhood Award’ in Britain in Bloom with Blind Veterans UK Llandudno 2015 and 2016
- ‘Best Luxury House’ at the What House? Awards 2015 with Q Developments
- Build Architecture Awards ‘Garden Designers of the Year London 2015’
- Houzz Customer Service Award 2016
We don’t list all our awards as our focus is always on our current projects but we are happy to share them with you if you would like to know more.
Unusually for a garden design office we have often collaborated with people in other creative industries including The Victoria & Albert Museum; the Design Museum; Oxford Planters and the Design and Advertising Awards.
Collaborations between garden designers and other craftspeople require an open and trusting relationship to be formed so that all parties can benefit and exceed the potential of each individual party. Our latest collaboration is with Oxford Planters on a new furniture collection designed with practicality and sustainability in mind, here pictured at Hampton Court Palace in Surrey. The new collection uses Accoya® and Medite®Tricoya®Extreme new naturally modified timbers that are guaranteed for up to 50 years. From a practical viewpoint the planters have been styled with a studded copper band which will repel slugs and snails.
If you have an idea for a collaboration please contact us.
It is important to us that with many years of garden design and horticultural experience that we also contribute our services on a voluntary basis to projects that wouldn’t ordinarily be able to afford them. We currently work with the following organisations but please contact us if you have a project that might benefit from our experience.
The industry charity looking after everyone who works in horticulture, recently celebrating 180 years of service.
As we face an uncertain future with a changing climate, as garden designers and horticulturists we are uniquely placed to act in a favourable way to the challenges that we face. At Fisher Tomlin & Bowyer we are committed to improving the way that we work and the outcomes that we can influence through our work.
The drivers for sustainable development are economic well-being, social equity, cultural preservation and environmental protection. Whilst our main impact can be in the last of these drivers we also have a role to play with our work in other areas especially social equity where we support organisations such as Blind Veterans UK, Veterans’ Growth and Greenfingers with our expertise.
In our work we commit to the following key challenges.
- Energy input
To minimise energy input by designing to minimise materials, informed plant selection and reducing maintenance that requires machinery. We aim to source from suppliers that aim not to use chemicals to treat pests and diseases and have programmes to balance inputs such as fertilisers and water. In our projects we will encourage on-site treatment of green waste.
Soil is a finite resource and so we will aim to make choices that improve our soil and reduce the need for both removal off site or the import of new soil to a site.
We aim to design landscapes that minimise the requirements for high water inputs, above that which naturally occurs in the particular region we are working in. This may be achieved via plant species choices, microclimate design, mulches, water recycling etc.
To design landscapes that maximize opportunities for biodiversity at all levels. This includes attracting wildlife, maintaining complex ecosystems, companion planting, recognizing the links between the elements of the garden and the organisms that inhabit it, encouraging nature and wildlife.
- Maximising vegetative biomass
To design landscapes that maximize vegetative biomass to support carbon stabilization. And we aim for permanent vegetation, not material that must be constantly pruned or mown heavily, or seasonally replanted.
- Opportunity for food production
To design landscapes that maximizes the opportunity for the growth of produce and other useful materials including composting and on-site green waste recycling.
- Minimising impact on native habitats
To design landscapes that minimizes the risk of weed-escapees moving into native habitats.
- Minimising use of resources that have a negative impact at source
To design landscapes that minimizes or eliminates the use of materials that disrupt, destroy, pollute or damage natural systems/communities where they are sourced and to choose locally sourced (bulk) materials to reduce product miles, where possible.
- Minimising risk of disruption, pollution or interference to other systems
To design a landscape that minimizes the risk of disruption, pollution or interference to other systems.
- Creating resilient designs that can cope with and respond to climate change
In particular to design with plants that can resist the changes we are experiencing in climate change and to give thought to longevity in the selection of materials.