Oliver has always loved the natural environment. He started his career in horticulture at the internationally renowned Great Dixter House and Gardens in East Sussex. Here Oliver developed his understanding of succession planting, garden management and the importance of biodiversity. Known for its imaginative planting and experimental combinations, Dixter has inspired Oliver’s interest in unusual plants and creative combinations.
Oliver studied Garden Design at London College of Garden Design based at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Shortly after graduating Oliver designed and built a show border at The Belvoir Flower and Garden Festival which was awarded ‘People’s Choice Award’.
Oliver has assisted MSGD and RHS Award winning designers on their projects and Chelsea Show gardens. Experiencing the exceptional detail involved in the design, planting and hard landscaping has given him an excellent eye in his own designs.
In 2019 Oliver was selected as one of Pro Landscapers 30 under 30. This prestigious award is awarded to 30 people under 30 every year and recognises the next generation of talent in garden design, horticulture, arboriculture and landscaping.
In 2020 Oliver progressed into the final of RHS Young Designer of the Year. This involves building a show garden at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in July. Unfortunately the 2020 show has had to be cancelled due to Coronavirus. However, Oliver is looking forward to making his design come to life at the 2021 show.
Keen to continue learning, Oliver has attended symposiums at Beth Chatto’s Garden (Essex), Parham House (Sussex), Bergamo (Italy), Weinheim (Germany) and Malmö (Sweden). Oliver has travelled widely looking at landscapes and the flora they contain. His most recent trip has been to the cloud forests of Peru.
Oliver is a pre registered member of the Society of Garden Designers and a Associate member of Charted Institute of Horticulture.
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