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Welcome to the start of a pleasant and stress-free journey to a beautiful new garden.

I am an award-winning garden designer based in the West Country covering Bath and its surrounding villages. I offer a great deal of experience, a philosophical and holistic approach, and a firm belief that uplifting gardens derive most successfully from the principle that 'less is more'. 

Whether you would like to dip your toe in the water with on-site consultancy or would like a full design and build service you can be sure of an attentive listener and the experience to translate your ideas into an attractive and practical garden. Services offered include concept plans, 3-dimensional sketches, construction drawings, planting plans and detailed specifications, and in all cases you can be sure of the sort of attention to detail that won my garden for Amnesty International a gold medal at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. I am also able to help find reputable landscape firms, assist with tendering, quotations and contracts, and inspect the site during the build to ensure accurate reporduction of the plans on the ground.

From small courtyard gardens to large open country estates I create outdoor spaces based around the individual needs of each client with modern cultural and environemental references that give each garden its sense of place. Using sustainable, natural materials, extensive horticultural knowledge and a rich palettte of plants my designs seek to achieve harmony between house, garden and surrounding environment whilst reflecting the individuality of each client.

To begin the journey to a new garden call me now on 01747 858215 to arrange a home visit during which I will introduce myself and review your existing garden and ideal outcomes.

What we do

Consultancy

Consultancy offers those unready to commit to a full design the chance to dip their toes in the water. I will visit your home to review your existing garden and what you would like to achieve. I can then provide on-the-spot advice which can be followed by a report summarising the recommendations I have made with proposals for next steps.
 

Garden Design

I provide a full garden design service across Dorset, Wiltshire, Somerset and Hampshire. At the initial meeting I will discuss your requirements and issues in detail whilst reviewing the layout, levels, aspect and immediate environment of your garden. I will then recommend an appropriate level of design service, confirmed via email with a quote. Depending on your needs the garden design process may start with an overall concept drawing but those looking for landscaping fulfillment could also include construction drawings and/or planting plans.
 

Landscaping

Once we have all the requisite plans in place and have reviewed and agreed materials samples I can then provide you with an estimate to carry out the necessary hard and soft landscaping. My team of skilled landscapers, Canvas Landscaped Ltd, is more than sufficient for most landscaping projects we carry out but where required I can recommend specialists that I have already worked with in conservation and lime rendering, dry stone walling, complex water feature or large scale pond construction, and artisan garden skills such as cleft chestnut fencing. Whether it is my own team or partner organisations involved, all work is fully managed to achieve the highest standards.
 
  • Meet & Agree
  • Idea & Concept
  • Plan Development
  • Garden Creation
If you are in need of a plan to both translate your ideas for the garden and/or from which to have the garden landscaped I will meet at your home and go through with you in detail all the practical and aesthetic requirements for your ideal garden. From this an approach and timescale for design can be agreed. You all then receive a letter confirming our agreed approach and the brief that forms the basis for the garden design process along with a quote for any design phases.
Unless you are only looking for a planting plan for one or several borders, the first stage of garden design is a Concept Plan. This conveys our garden design proposals through a colour scale drawing prepared using CAD (computer aided design) illustrated with photographs and descriptions of materials and plants. Occasionally where appropriate 3d illustrations might also be included. The Concept Plan is developed through a series of emails and/or phone discussions to ensure it marries your expectations. At its presentation we may bring samples of materials for you to view and feel.
Once a concept garden design plan is agreed I will then go on to prepare documents that facilitate the accurate quotation and delivery of works. Depending on the project the additional design phases might include construction plans, layout drawings and/or planting planting plans.
Through my team of skilled landscapers, Canvas Landscapes Ltd, I offer a full landscaping service to deliver on agreed garden design plans or to execute individual landscaping projects. We can provide all elements of landscaping including paving, fencing, garden lighting, retaining walls, paths, patios, water features and the supply and installation of semi-mature plants.

Customer Says

We contacted Robert because we were at a loss to know what to do with our front garden of tarmac and grass. We were going to have a go ourselves with the help of a landscaper but now we are very glad that we decided to ask Robert to do a professional job. His inspired design met our brief perfectly, incorporating the practical aspects that we needed and respecting the farmhouse setting in a way that, even as keen gardeners, we could not have done. The garden is beautifully laid out and makes such imaginative use of the space that we find ourselves just gazing at it in amazement! Although only just planted it looks fabulous already. Robert and his team did a great job from start to finish. The planning process was quick and the landscaping well managed with excellent attention to the budget. We were kept informed on a day to day basis and we are very pleased with the quality of the work done. All in all we are very happy to heartily recommend Robert – he has built us a garden that will bring us pleasure every single day and is worth every penny.

Anne Easterbrooke, near Wareham, Dorset

My wife and I have recently completed a new build farmhouse with outbuildings and commissioned Robert to produce a design for the landscaping. He listened very carefully to our general ideas for the garden, and he has now produced an absolutely stunning plan which, while taking on board our ideas, incorporates his wonderful sense of colour, and textures. We can now see that our beautiful property will soon be embedded in a truly wonderful garden. Robert, it has been a pleasure working with you, we will most certainly recommend you in the future.

Ray and Helle Jones, Woolverton, Bath

Just to say thanks again for the outstanding plan. We are both thoroughly impressed with the ideas and attention to detail and are excited about it coming together.

Mr and Mrs Bettley, Templecombe, Somerset

The design produced far exceeded our expectation and demonstrated a thorough knowledge of plants and what suits the given environment. We wanted drawings to enable us to budget ahead and we have since had them framed, as they have been beautifully produced and hand finished. We have no hesitation to recommend Robert Kennett to other clients.

C Bowater, Iwerne Minster, Dorset

The project involved finding a solution to a very difficult sloping site. A very imaginative solution was reached, involving innovative use of pleaching to create a horizontal, and grasses to link the garden with the countryside beyond. It’s the start of its second year, after a very tough winter, and like everyone else I wait with bated breath. But late last year it looked gorgeous.

Mrs AP, Shaftesbury, Dorset

I had a whole new garden created by Robert Kennett Design. It was the only thing that made moving house bearable! It was a difficult plot on uphill terrain with no rear access so all work and materials had to go through then house. The design took a week and was done exactly to my brief which was vague – I just gave Robert an idea of the sort of overall effect I would like and he created an idea from scratch. It has flower beds, a terrace, decking, a water feature, and lawn and pergola.

Mrs P Simpson, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Robert Kennett produced a design for our back garden. It was a well thought out design and made the most of our garden. The work was carried out to a high standard and everyone was polite, tidy and very helpful. We now use and enjoy our garden more than we had before.

J Hall, Gillingham, Dorset