Shani Lawrence Garden Designs – Garden Designers

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What We Do

We are Garden Designers that create innovative garden designs and planting schemes in consultation with our clients to produce gardens of beauty. We also work with schools and community groups developing school grounds and community gardens. Shani Lawrence Garden Designs undertake a wide range of garden design commissions ranging from tiny court gardens to large country garden designs. We design, plant and create beautiful timber structures.

Shani Lawrence Garden Designs was originally based in Surrey. We are now based in beautiful West Wales in Pembrokeshire. We often work in Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion. We also work further afield in Wales in Swansea and Cardiff and South East England and are happy to consider commissions all over the UK and abroad.

We are Garden Designers that also design and create wooden garden structures. We can design one-off garden benches, garden gates, pergolas, children’s play dens, patio furniture or anything you or we can dream up.

In addition to this we also run Stones Cottages, an ongoing project to create a retreat centre in North Pembrokeshire. We currently have two holiday cottages and are currently working on a third as well as landscaping the area and creating wildlife habitats.

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History

Shani Lawrence Garden Designs was established by the Garden Designer Shani Lawrence in 1997. Daniel Jackson was made a partner in 2007 bringing a knowledge of computing, sustainable construction and carpentry.

Shani Lawrence BSc Envi Sci, Cert GD

After completing her Environmental Science degree, Shani worked for two environmental consultancies before deciding to combine her interests in ecology and horticulture with a love of creativity and drawing. Shani completed the Garden Design Certificate at Merrist Wood Agricultural College in 1996 and joined Woodcote Green Nurseries – one of the UK’s most progressive nurseries. In 2000 Shani designed an award-winning garden court ‘Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder’ at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show for Woodcote Green Nurseries. In 2001 Shani designed the ‘The Princess and the Frog’ garden court, which was awarded Best Small Garden in Show and the Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medal.

Daniel Jackson BSc Comp. Sci.

Daniel was made a partner in 2007. Daniel is now involved in all aspects of the design consultancy, specialising in hard landscaping specification and consultation advice. In 2015 Daniel set up his own arm of the business called Made for Gardens. Made for Gardens create beautiful bespoke garden structures using sustainable materials.

We collaborate with a number of skilled local landscapers, sculptors, artists and nurseries who help us to create our vision for a garden for our customers.

 

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Ethos

Shani and Dan are Garden Designers who create gardens of widely different styles. We both have a love of wildlife and are interested in human environmental impact. As well as beautiful and functional we would like the gardens we design to be encouraging for wildlife, with food sources and shelter for bird life, invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles and small mammals. We feel that gardens are a huge resource in the need to increase and conserve biodiversity and planting is a strong element of our designs. We encourage organic maintenance of gardens, we buy peat free compost and support water conservation, home vegetable growing, composting and any form of habitat creation. We can not claim to be organic as we buy from general nurseries and garden centres who in turn source their plants from a wide variety of nurseries. We do try to support nurseries who are peat free or are trying to reduce their dependence on peat and chemicals. We can source peat free and organically grown plants for customers who desire this.

All developments have an impact on the environment especially the use of hard landscaping materials, whether it be pollution from transportation of materials, problems to the sea bed from dredging, landscape impact from quarrying. We try to be conscious of this and the impact it has. Our gardens are generally not hard landscaping heavy. At the draft design stage we try to suggest material options with lower environmental impacts. If given the opportunity we like to use recycled materials, locally sourced and sustainably sourced materials.

 

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