About Jo

Jo Alderson Phillips Award winning garden designer with Charlie her beautiful BriardI am an award winning garden designer based both in Oxfordshire on the edge of The Cotswolds & Loches in the Loire Valley in France. We are currently renovating our barn here in England & if you look at ‘behind the scenes’ I’ll post updates on this, my new studio & our planned new garden.   I live with my husband Tony, Dillon the Maine Coon & Bruno our enormous young Briard. Luckily they all seem to enjoy a project too. The picture above was taken in summer 2016 & shows me with Charlie our last Briard. She was my favourite girl & is very much missed. Bruno has a lot to live up to. 

I love all aspects of design & am interested in architecture, the applied arts, film & photography, graphic design, interior design, fashion & calligraphy. Not so much fine art if I’m honest but I do love to visit museums – particularly the V&A, art galleries & any design shops I find. I am a huge fan of Terence Conran (who judged me favourably I’m delighted to say in a student competition); Habitat catalogues used to be my bed time reading when I was a teenager, Tom Dixon, Vivienne Westwood, David Hockney, Matisse, Tardi & Herge (of Tintin fame).

I really believe in that brilliant phrase “less is more”. I’m not a fan of fuss & clutter but like simplicity & understatement. Good design is practical too so is very much something I’m conscious of when I’m designing myself. 

We divide our time & take both the dog & the cat to France where it’s peaceful & I can work. I  have a drawing board & office set up as I never really can stop working! I work mostly on projects in the UK & fly back for meetings but I’m more than happy to look at French projects too if they aren’t too far.

I absolutely love my job & am very lucky indeed. Often clients become friends who recommend me to their friends so I’m currently working in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, London, Wiltshire & far further afield too…am happy to travel if it’s an interesting project!

Please do call to discuss your project & arrange a visit.


Jo Alderson Phillips BA Hons Dip Hort