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Who we are


We offer a complete garden service covering advice and consultation, design and planning as well as landscaping, planting and maintenance.

We have been established since 2000 and our unique one-stop service means we can take care of all your gardening needs. Our proven track record means that we have customers who come back to us again and who we have worked with for many years.  We specialise in period gardens, particularly Grade I and II listed however we are happy to undertake any aspect of your garden work either large or small.

What sets us apart from the others is our commitment to excellent service and reliability. Our team are friendly and cheerful and we are boundlessly enthusiastic and practical and have proven skills in horticulture and landscaping. We take time to listen to our customers in order to give them the garden they really want. We are up to date with all the latest trends in garden design and style and being fully qualified in design and planning can put these into practice.

Our garden maintenance service is particularly popular, we manage and take care of some of the most beautiful gardens in the Bath area. Our service is tailored to you and your garden’s needs and do not need to include a weekly or regular visit. We work as a team and do much more than simply cutting lawns and hedges. We are very experienced in the long-term management and care of gardens and believe that maintenance alone is not enough without good horticultural knowledge. Our seasonal gardening services include pruning, bulb planting, turfing and border planting.

The Team

Emma Bond, HNC, MSc, MIHort


Emma began her training in horticulture via a traditional apprenticeship with the Women’s Farm and Garden Association in 2001 following several years working as a jobbing gardener. In 2002 she took an HNC in garden design and planning at Lackham College Wiltshire.

During this period Emma set up her own business, Bath Garden Design offering a full range of services including consultation, design, construction, garden planning, planting and maintenance. This business has been established for over 16 years and Emma has gained considerable experience in managing and working in all types and sizes of gardens in all sectors over this time.

Emma was awarded a Master’s Degree at Bath University in the Conservation of Historic Gardens and Cultural Landscapes in 2015. This has enabled her to offer services in the historic environment including conservation management plans, survey and assessment as well as statements of significance and historical research.

Among the various conservation projects Emma has been involved in she produced a conservation management plan and acted as a Landscape Advisor for an important Victorian cemetery project in Bath, which resulted in the trustees being awarded lottery funding. Emma was also instrumental in the discovery of an unknown early garden in Bristol owned by the University of Bristol and this research will form part of a new publication.

As part of a research and assessment project for an archaeological site in Somerset, Emma wrote a report that identified an important Neolithic discovery that enabled the owners of the site to seek listing from Historic England.

At present she is working on the long term renovation of a large Georgian garden in Somerset and is managing large scale tree planting as well as new planting schemes and restoration work.

Jemma Smallman

Jemma-SmallmanFollowing on from a career in retail management, Jemma has been a professional gardener since 2013 and has successfully completed both The Royal Horticultural Society RHS II at Lackham College and RHS III, Principles of Garden Planting, Construction and Planning with Distinction.

Jemma has been closely involved with design and renovation work on many garden projects of all sizes, as well as managing and implementing planting schemes and soft landscaping. She has managed some significant Georgian garden renovation and replanting projects in central Bath at The Royal Crescent as well as The Circus and many more rural projects in Somerset and Wiltshire. Jemma has attained the experience, skill and understanding that these Listed properties require and is also knowledgeable about planning law relating to statutory listings.

Jemma is the head gardener and manager for the garden maintenance element of Bath Garden Design. She heads up regular visits to gardens and manages the horticultural work. She is very experienced in general garden maintenance, pruning techniques, lawn care and plant knowledge. Maintenance clients include the Duchy of Cornwall, two large Rectories on the outskirts of Bath, as well as many city centre gardens. Her valuable hands-on experience means that she understands every element of gardens as well as their needs.

Jemma has been involved with a conservation project for a Victorian cemetery in Bath, helping to organise volunteer days to restore the landscape and protect the wildlife as well as produce conservation management reports. Jemma is working on her ongoing career development by attending further RHS courses as well as training an apprentice from a local college. Her excellent horticultural skills and knowledge of maintenance and planting make her a valuable part of the team.

Richard Cartwright

Richard is  a passionate gardener and knowledgeable plantsman.  He has had a life long interest in the natural world and the plants and animals that bring life to our towns and countryside. In 2007  he took a career change to work in horticulture and have worked with Emma for the last four years. Richards area of expertise is in waterside and pond plants. With a strong belief that the balance of an ecosystem is fundamental to a healthy garden, that has natural pest control,  he  will always take care to protect the creatures in your garden, however big or small.

Sally Hixson

Sally’s specialist knowledge and interest is in ‘Floriculture’, having worked within a plant nursery for the last 3 years.  She also has experience of organic market gardening and has recently successfully achieved the Level 2 Work Based Diploma in Horticulture.
Following a career change from youth worker to ‘Horticultural Therapist’, working for a charity supporting people with learning disabilities and autism, her love of gardening has grown and she is always keen to increase the scope of her horticultural knowledge.  RHS Level 3 is next on her learning wish list.
Sally’s satisfaction comes from seeing how a garden design or planting scheme can completely transform a space, and seeing the positive and ongoing enjoyment our work brings to clients.

Tim Green

Tim made a career change in 2014 and trained to become a professional gardener through the Women’s Farm and Garden Association. He has been working with Emma and her team this year and enjoying the challenge of working in listed gardens in Bath as well as being a key member of the garden maintenance team. His interest covers all areas of horticulture and developing skills in pruning and training of trees and plants. Tim loves working outdoors and being in touch with the changing seasons, having worked in an office for most of his working life. Tim has a good eye for detail and enjoys the satisfaction of working on our many projects from start to finish and seeing how they evolve.

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Bath Garden Design Ltd is a registered company in England and Wales. No. 10270548

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