Meet the team
Barbara Samitier MSGD - Founder
I set up my own practice in 2012 having spent eight years working for acclaimed and Chelsea gold medal winning garden designer Stephen Woodhams, where I was involved with commercial and high-end residential projects in the UK, France and Spain.
I studied at The Inchbald School of Design where I was very lucky to be taught by some of the best designers in the UK (Andrew Wilson, Acres Wild Debbie Roberts and Ian Smith and Cleve West.). I thrive on collaboration and design with my head and heart. I don't bring pre-conceived ideas to a new project, but draw my inspiration from the clients' brief, the site and context. I strongly believe that gardens can be life-enhancing and play a vital role for the environment and people's well being.
Lilly Van Epen
Lilly joined the practice in April 2017 after moving from her native Australia to the UK. With a background in construction, she has expanded her knowledge and experience to many facets of the industry, having worked with some of the most talented and renowned garden designers in Australia.
Lilly started turning her passion into a career in 2004 and after completing a landscape construction qualification, she completed a diploma in horticulture and landscape design. Lilly's experience includes commercial & high end residential design & construction, teaching, show gardens, project management & media. In her spare time, Lilly enjoys Thai kick boxing and competes on a regular basis. Needless to say she keeps me on my toes.
Barbara says, "Lilly's passion for garden design matches mine and her bags of enthusiasm and can do attitude are a welcome addition to the team."