About Painted Fern Garden Design

Welcome to Painted Fern Garden Design. We are a fully insured garden design company based in Horsell, Woking, Surrey. We offer a garden design service throughout Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire.

Painted Fern Garden Design was set up by plantswoman, Pamela Barden, in 2016. Having previously had a successful career in Graphic Design and management for many years before having children alongside having studied Garden Design in 2002 at The English Gardening School based at the Chelsea Physic Garden. Pamela also has a RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture, has trained with renowned tutor, Hilary Thomas, on Planting Design and has worked for Hilliers, receiving hands on experience of caring for plants.

Pamela has been gardening her own plots since 1999 in Surrey and Kent and has previously managed an allotment. Her specialisms are in woodland plants, plants for shade and low allergen plants to aid hayfever, asthma, sensitive skin and perfume sensitivity. She has had a key role in planting up show gardens at RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival in 2017 (Gold Medal, Best in Show and People's Choices Awards), 2018 (Silver Medal), two gardens in 2019 (Gold Medal) and 2021 (Silver Gilt Medal) along with the Gaze Burvill Trade Stand at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023 (5 Star Award). She has been shortlisted in the Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT awards in 2021 for planting design and in 2022 for both planting design and special feature categories. Pamela has been writing gardening articles for Horsell's The Resident Magazine since 2017 and writes for Village Life Magazine. She also helps look after the Woking High School SEND garden.

Her planting design style marries structure, texture and colour whilst using unusual, but easy to grow varieties. She is very passionate about making gardens that look good and have something to offer every day of the year. Her design ethos is driven by a passion for what she does and a love for plants.

At Painted Fern Garden Design we understand many people find it completely daunting to begin the redesign of their garden. We will take on the hurdle of those initial ideas and get your design off the ground and built ready for you to enjoy.

Working closely with you as a client, we can design anything from a border makeover to a full garden design plan, provide planting plans, construction drawings and maintenance schedules if required. By taking a detailed brief, completing a site survey and client requirements form with you along with detailed measurements and photos of the garden we can create anything from traditional to contemporary, urban or rural, we can design beautiful and practical gardens to suit your taste, lifestyle, requirements and budget, whilst adding value to your home. Gardens constantly change from day to day and as they mature over the years. Taking advice from the start saves costly mistakes and missed opportunities later-on.

It is possible for everyone to have a beautiful garden and Painted Fern Garden Design can help you achieve this dream.
"My design ethos is driven by a passion for what I do and a love for plants."
Pamela Barden
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