Ann-Marie Powell – Profile

Ann-Marie Powell is a multi-award winning garden designer, TV gardening presenter, journalist and author, who divides her time between designing gardens for private clients, companies and charities, and enthusing people about gardening through her books, TV appearances and articles in national newspapers and magazines.

Ann-Marie Powell Gardens

Ann-Marie started her innovative, energetic garden design practice in 1998, and has built an impressive portfolio of gardens designed to combine the best of contemporary design with innovative use of materials in a naturalist style.

Her portfolio includes private and commercial gardens (including Grade 1 and 2 listed), roof terraces, public spaces, hotels, school gardens and grounds, show gardens, hospices, community gardens and development projects. Ann-Marie designs all her gardens with her team in their studio near the South Downs on the West Sussex/Hampshire border, where they are constantly inspired by the surrounding, ever-changing landscape.

To discuss your gardening project or landscape design requirements, call Ann-Marie Powell Gardens on 01730 825650.

Award-winning garden designer

Ann-Marie is an RHS Hampton Court (2015) and RHS Chelsea Gold (2010) and Silver Flora (2011) Medalist, designing eye-catching show gardens for Macmillan Cancer Research, Green and Blacks, and The British Heart Foundation in association with Brewin Dolphin Investments.

In 2015, Ann-Marie was delighted to be asked by the Royal Horticultural Society to design and exhibit their official RHS ‘Greening Grey Britain’ Garden at RHS Chelsea in May 2016 and by BBC Countryfile (in association with the RHS) to design their 30thanniversary garden at RHS Hampton Court in 2018.

Her work at children’s hospice Chestnut Tree House was the winner of the Society of Garden Designers 2017 Healing or Learning Garden, the same year her work at the Sopwell House Hotel was a finalist in the Public or Commercial Outdoor Space.

Judging Appointments

She is also honoured to be a Society of Garden Designers and Landscape Institute Awards judge and a Judge and Garden Selection Panel member for the Royal Horticultural Society Flower Shows.

Expert gardening TV presenter

Even if you’ve never met Ann-Marie, you’ll probably recognise her from numerous TV appearances on major UK channels, including presenting BBC2’s The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge in 2015 and BBC coverage of the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show alongside the likes of Alan Titchmarsh, Monty Don and other familiar faces.

She has also appeared on many makeover gardening shows, using her experience and expertise to overcome problems and creating innovative and affordable design solutions.

If you would like Ann-Marie to pen an article for your newspaper, magazine, expert blog, catalogue or brochure, please do get in contact.

BBC1 — Garden SOS, Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court coverage
BBC2 — The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge, RHS Chelsea Flower Show coverage
ITV — This Morning, Sky High, House of Horrors, Grass Roots, The Alan Titchmarsh Show
Channel 4 — Garden Doctors, Lost Gardens, Real Gardens, Gardener’s Gardens, The Great Garden Challenge
UK Style and UKTV Gardens — Take Three Gardeners, Garden Rivals, A Garden for All Seasons, Garden Challenge, Our House

Best-selling gardening books author

Ann-Marie has written no less than four informative and inspiring books published published in the UK, USA and Europe. These books draw on her real-life experiences with trowel and spade, and her own love of unusual materials and hard landscape design.

Sandy Felton reviews a great design book for those small spaces in our life.

There are times when I have sat in my little piece of utopia and wondered what if? What if I could afford to consult a professional garden designer to do a complete make-over? What if I decided to completely change my cottage garden style for something more modern or chic? Like many contemporaries who have small suburban gardens I never get past the what if? stage.

The majority of gardeners in the UK are gardening in small suburban plots or have back-yards, where space is at a premium and uplifting ideas for a total transformation into a peaceful haven can be challenging. Which is why I applaud Ann-Marie Powell for producing such a gem of a book in ‘Plans for Small Gardens’.

Here it is in one neat little volume – a book that tells me that less is sometimes more and that a garden can be “limited to only a few elements but still be strikingly effective”. She has my attention already in the introduction and I eagerly scan the contents to see what my “what if?” options might be.

Gardening articles, column and magazine features

As a recognised garden designer and garden expert, Ann-Marie’s articles have featured in national and international publications as diverse as The English Garden, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Financial Times, Prima, The Times, The Glasgow Herald, Elle Decoration, House Beautiful and Gardens Illustrated. Her natural wit combined with down to earth advice and ‘can do’ style is much in demand by editors and readers alike.

Gardening blog

Since 2010, Ann-Marie has written a blog covering all aspects of her gardening career and skills, from teaching kids to plant seeds to places and buildings that have inspired her. Previously hosted at Blogger, this blog has now moved in-house, and you can read the latest installment here. We’ll also be adding some of her classic posts from the last 24 months too.

Talks and lectures

Such is Ann-Marie’s passion for all thing gardening and landscape that she is often asked to give talks to interested groups, at conferences, seminars, workshops and at gardening events and shows.

Greenfingers Patron

Ann-Marie is also extremely proud, honoured and delighted to have been asked in 2016 to become a patron of Greenfingers, a charity dedicated to supporting the children who use hospices around the UK, along with their families, by creating beautiful, well-designed outdoor spaces for children to enjoy with family, friends and siblings.

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