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About Jo

I am a multi award winning garden & landscape designer based in Oxfordshire – on the edge of the Cotswolds, very close to beautiful Burford & not far from Oxford itself. It’s close to my projects in the Cotswolds, Henley on Thames where I used to live, Buckinghamshire & Berkshire. We have recently completed the transformation of our lovely Cotswold stone barn conversion…the design & sometimes painful build process feature in my blogs. There I discuss this, my great design studio & our garden – all of which I have designed. I live with my husband Tony & our dog Bruno; an adorable & enormous Briard who features above.

Having always loved formal gardens I find the amazing French gardens such as Villandry, Versailles & Coudray a huge inspiration. I have a studio there too so spend time working & studying from our place in Loches; a fabulous Medieval town built of the local tuffeau stone. I actually love all aspects of design & am interested in architecture, the applied arts, film & photography, graphic design & interior design. Time permitting I enjoy design fairs, brocante markets & generally travelling about with our dog. I was/am still a fan of the late much respected Terence Conran (who judged me favourably I’m delighted to say in a student competition many years ago), Tom Dixon, Grayson Perry, David Hockney, Matisse, Tardi, Herge (of Tintin fame) & talented street artists such as TenHundred.

Less is more! I’m not a fan of fuss & clutter but like simplicity & understatement. Good design means it must be practical too; something I’m conscious of when I’m at my drawing board.

I absolutely love my job & am very lucky indeed. Often clients become friends who recommend me to their friends so my workload reaches far & currently includes Brighton, Bristol, Bath & Norfolk too…

Feel free to call to discuss your project & arrange to meet. You can reach me on 07753 639768


Jo Alderson Phillips BA Hons Dip Hort