Inspirational and practical Garden Design
My inspiration comes from the world around me: nature, people, cityscapes, landscapes, architecture, sculpture and all that I see and experience.
I’m interested in creating gardens to balance the interplay between interior and exterior spaces and consequently improve the well-being of those who live there. My designs interpret the needs of my clients and considerations of the site to create stylish, outdoor living experiences.
How I became a garden designer
I have a life-long interest in gardens and how our outdoor environment can change the way we feel. As a child, we used to have gardening days when the whole family worked in the garden until it got dark, and feeling tired and satisfied at the end of the day, we shared a warming meal and reviewed our gardening progress. I was allowed to move paths to create new bed shapes and practise pruning with complete freedom! Later, I studied Graphic Design and Business Studies at Newcastle Polytechnic (now Newcastle University) followed by a career in television. When I settled down to family life, I had time to garden again. Building up my business by word of mouth, I started designing for friends and acquaintances in 1998.
Formal study at the Inchbald
After 9 years in business, I wanted to learn more and decided to raise my game. I studied the full-time Diploma in Garden Design at the Inchbald in 2007 - 2008, was awarded a Distinction, won the Anthony Paul Garden Design Award and had two mind-expanding placements – first with Martha Schwartz and then with Diarmuid Gavin. I entered and won an international competition and my design for a trade stand was exhibited at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2010.
Tutoring and lecturing
As a visiting studio tutor and part-time lecturer in Vectorworks, Garden and Planting Design, I taught for five years, teaching wonderful students at the Inchbald School of Design, City Lit and Capel Manor.
I am passionate about garden design and I'm pleased to share my enthusiasm as a guest speaker. Please call me regarding topics and availability.
Hobbies and interests
Hobbies include visiting gardens and historic houses, walking in the countryside, visits to the seaside, art, sculpture, travelling, eating, socialising, films, pilates and lindy-hop dancing. I am a Friend of the Society of Garden Designers and a life member of the National Trust.
Call me for creative solutions for your garden
I'm based in St Albans and work in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and London. Do call, email or drop in for a chat about creative solutions for your garden. I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Amanda Shipman, InchDipGD
01727 837280 (best number for good reception)
07787 544 900
We hired Amanda to design our garden this year, Amanda was very helpful listened to our requirements and gave us ideas that we had not even envisaged. We were very happy with the amazing design and s... Read More
Absolutely brilliant. We outlined what we wanted and Amanda listened, asked a few questions, chatted to us about how we'd be using the space and gently steered us so that we ended up wanting something... Read More
Amanda had lots of ideas, listened to what we wanted, adapted the designs and was very flexible. She managed us and the contractor firmly but gently and kept in contact with us throughout the process!... Read More
I met Amanda in late 2015 to have her provide me with ideas on a design for my garden which I described as a blank canvass. I met with her and a few other vendors and decided on her as she came with ... Read More
I have developed two gardens with amanda shipman design! The thoughtful designs complemented how we want to use our garden space. The first garden was a work in progress to an established but somewha... Read More
I had a sad, neglected,suburban garden with the borders, trees and shrubs all overgrown. Amanda took my dreams and aspirations for a traditional garden with proper borders providing year-round intere... Read More
Amanda designed our garden back in 1999 and since then it has given us so much joy. She based our front garden on a painting we chose and it is always admired by passers-by. Amanda has also kept addin... Read More
Amanda was simply amazing. From the initial design to the final touches, she took a personal interest in everything. Her design transformed really our garden. She also arranged the landscape archi... Read More