Helen Shaw BSc. PhD. Cert.GD

Helen Shaw studied garden design at the College of Garden Design, qualifying with distinction in 1993. The following year she established her own design practice, which she now runs from Southend, near Henley–on–Thames in Oxfordshire. In the intervening years she has been successfully designing private gardens for clients in and around London, and since 1998, in the Chilterns and Thames Valley region, and hence has an extensive portfolio, ranging from small town courtyards to large country gardens.

She was a prize winner of the design competition held in 1994 by the National Garden Centre at Capel Manor Horticultural and Environmental Centre for a design that was to become one of the display gardens at the Centre.

In 1997, she became the recipient of a prestigious Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship, allowing her to travel extensively throughout North America to study naturalistic gardening and the use of native plants in planned landscapes.

Helen has taught garden design in adult education programmes and currently writes a monthly gardening column for the "Hambleden Valley Group Magazine". A selection of her articles can be downloaded here.

Helen's background and previous training prior to becoming a garden designer was in the biological sciences and conservation. She still has a great interest in, and knowledge of, the natural world and is an active volunteer for a number of conservation organisations. This knowledge, combined with her training as a designer, makes her ideally placed to create gardens that are environmentally responsible as well as aesthetically pleasing.