Garden Design | Bristol
Hi I'm Jon, a professional garden designer and plant lover based in Bristol. I've studied horticulture, garden design and landscape architecture and practised them for well over a decade! As a keen allotmenteer and naturalist, I like to incorporate edible plants as well as wildlife-encouraging species and methods into my designs.
I'm currently a Member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture (MCIHort) and a Consultant Member of The Gardeners Guild, for highly qualified and experienced horticulturalists.
I also run a commercial landscape consultancy company that designs urban spaces and generally helps out other professionals in the trade. Through this I have designed school grounds, housing developments, public spaces, show gardens and even shopping centres. After a short hiatus from the domestic scene to build the commercial business, and to relocate from Bournemouth to Bristol, I'm back designing gardens. I just can't stay away from real people and real gardens!
At home I act as mechanic to our 30-something year old VW camper, I tend to tinker when it's not absolutely necessary so if you see me cycling it probably means I have messed with something I shouldn't have!
After so many years of working with people who really only need a bit of help with ideas, I am now officially offering a starter pack.
I'll visit you to find out your needs and provide you with a layout sketch, material options or a plant palette.
Ideal for those on a tight budget, just need some ideas to get started, unsure of what plants are suitable for their garden, or all of the above!
A popular option for those with small gardens and the aim to bring in a contractor for the build, but also easy to understand if you're having a go at self-build. Don't forget that I'll always be on hand to advise and guide!
After my initial visit I will provide a clear layout design with on-plan material specification and plant palette. These can then simply be used by the contractor to install the garden.
Extras from the full package can be added if needed.
For medium to large gardens and small complex spaces the full package is the only way to go, ensuring a smooth and successful build programme.
In addition to a beautiful design, all the necessary background tasks are completed including full site survey (topographical if needed), construction drawings, full specification, planting plan and schedule, build cost estimates, tender preparation and project management including quality control.
I like getting my hands dirty and as it turns out, I'm pretty good with plants too!
Whether you are putting my design into practice or just need a helping hand with your planting scheme, I am available to do the hard work and make sure the right plants go in the right places.
I can also supply quality plants from local nurseries to you at a much more reasonable cost than from the garden centre, so call me before you decide to buy them yourself!
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"Jon has assisted and advised us in our garden regularly for the past few years and during that time he has carried out a variety of horticultural projects to our complete satisfaction. He has a pleasant manner and carries out any task he is asked to perform in an efficient, professional manner. We particularly appreciated his versatility of tackling any project presented to him.
He designed and planned a new herb garden for us near our kitchen in our back garden and we were delighted with his choice of herbs and method of planting. He is especially good at pruning and we have been very impressed and pleased with the results of his work on several large shrubs. He has a sympathetic attitude towards this particular aspect of gardening, thus ensuring the shrubs always retain their particular shape.
We would highly recommend Jon Ash to anyone who wishes to engage his services."