Meet the team
Barbara Samitier - Founder
I set up my own practice in 2011 having spent eight years working for an 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.
When I initially started, my aim was to work on interesting local and accessible gardens, requiring minimal travel because my children were young. Thanks to my lovely clients, the practice grew organically, mainly through word of mouth. Everything accelerated in 2016 and a year later I moved into an office space and hired Lilly on a full-time basis. I haven’t looked back and we have been enjoying a wealth of larger and interesting projects both locally and further afield. I’m now back to a position where I am keen to embrace wider horizons and go wherever the right project takes me, takes us.
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.
Barbara says, "Lily's passion for garden design matches mine and her bags of enthusiasm and can do attitude are a welcome addition to the team."