Profile

Barbara Samitier is a reputable and passionate garden designer based in South London with 11 years experience of creating beautiful gardens. Originally a family lawyer from France, she retrained in 2000 at the prestigious Inchbald School of Design in London. Straight after graduating, she was recruited by a leading garden design and build company in the UK. She worked for them for 5 years on a wide range of high-end residential and commercial gardens both here and abroad. She set up her own garden design business in 2006. Design flair, an understanding of her client’s needs, her knowledge of what works and what doesn’t together with the complete dedication and focus she gives to all her projects, whatever their size, will result in creating the garden haven you’ve dreamt of.

Approach

Understated design, away from “overdesigned gardens”: Strong lines contrasting with lush planting in keeping with the surroundings and architecture of the house defines most of her gardens. Plants should be on the frontstage and a garden should always be a treat for your senses: scent, light, movement,..

I seek to create gardens that are elegant and lovely without looking like I’ve tried too hard…This requires a lot of work and attention to detail!. Most importantly, I like to create spaces where people will be happy and that will draw the whole family outside.

Functionality, good looks and respect of the environment are all equally important elements in my designs and I take great care to combine all these aspects together in my gardens.