I am an award winning garden 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 finally, after 5 years completed the transformation of our lovely Cotswold stone barn conversion…the design & sometimes painful build process feature in my blogs. There I discuss progress progress on this, my new design studio & our courtyard garden (which will soon be featuring on a certain TV gardening programme – will keep you posted). I live with my husband Tony, Dillon our elderly tabby Maine Coon cat & 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) & 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 has recently spread to Wiltshire, Bristol, Bath & Norfolk too…
Please do call to discuss your project & arrange a visit. You can reach me on 07753 639768
Jo Alderson Phillips BA Hons Dip Hort