Testimonials

We've received such amazing feedback from clients for the many projects we've undertaken since launching the Distinctive Gardener.  

Gabrielle & Richard, London SW18

“Before I write this, have you seen the ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures?  I’d like to say that they speak for themselves.  And they do in terms of images but they come nowhere close to helping you understand how this garden has transformed our lives and what a total joy the journey getting here has been.

At our first meeting, Nick arrived in a mustard yellow corduroy jacket and flat cap and I knew we’d get along instantly.  We talked through what my husband, kids (all four of them ranging from 13-30 years of age), two cats and beloved dog, Truffle, wanted and both Nick and Doug grasped the brief within minutes.  As a designer myself, I knew we spoke the same language and without fail, every single detail we discussed and many we didn’t, took shape.  From auto cad designs, to samples to flawless project management, it took five weeks to achieve magic.

Whilst I know quite a lot about interiors, I know less than nothing about plants so I put my complete trust in Nick and Doug to choose the planting and, as many of my friends have said, the result could well have been seen at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.  And they are far from wrong.  I peer out from my kitchen window each morning and pinch myself with delight. Whether it’s a day spent by the BBQ, in the soft area with a G&T or roasting S’mores on the fire pit, we just can’t get enough of our beautiful garden that blends in with our environment, both inside and out.

Nick and Doug are creative, talented; they are passionate and above everything, they are wonderful, humble, delightful and caring men.  They are joyous to be around and I hope they continue to visit our garden, and us, for many years to come.  As another testimonial said, “I miss them already…”

 

Thank you always, Nick and Doug.  Can’t wait for our special garden ‘christening."

Sarah & Kevin, London W3

"We are so thrilled with the garden that Nick and Douglas have created for us. It’s been totally transformed, from a rather unkempt and unloved space in which we rarely spent time, to an inviting and inspiring additional ‘living room’. 

 

We were probably gloriously vague with our brief - the chief requirements being storage large enough to house several bikes plus a booze collection, and some insect friendly plants...

 

We left it to Nick and Douglas to weave their magic, which they duly did, conjuring up a design both practical and inventive, cleverly addressing the external constraints and considering the flow and look of the house. 

 

The result is a garden which is a delight to be out in but which we know is also going to be a joy to look out on throughout the year. Nick and Douglas have managed to create different themed areas and moods within a relatively small space.

 

The plants are just fabulous, a real riot of colour and interest, and already proving popular with bees and butterflies, which is such a delight. And the inspired lighting design means we can enjoy our garden long into the night.

  

Passionate, enthusiastic, caring, can-do and conscientious, Nick and Douglas have been a pleasure to deal with, from start to finish. Not only are we delighted with the result, their expert project management means it’s also been a thoroughly happy process.  Indeed, we are missing them already..."

David & Julie, London W5

"After deliberating for nearly ten years on how to update our rather dark and gloomy garden, it was wonderful to meet Nick and Douglas. They calmly and effortlessly guided us through the whole process to help us achieve the garden of our dreams.

 

We enjoyed each meeting with Nick and Douglas and felt confident in their highly professional and creative approach to everything. Their final design for our garden was brilliant in that it contained all our shared ideas plus that extra inspired vision. 

 

The physical processes of landscaping, laying the irrigation system, adding new lighting systems and planting all happened quickly and amazingly stress-free. All the family agree the garden is now the best room in the house. We highly recommend Nick and Douglas to all." 

Louisa & Jean-Luc, London W7

"Our garden suffered terribly over the last few years due to various building works and once they were all completed and with the children more grown up we were desperately in need of a total garden makeover. 

 

Whilst we had some ideas for what we wanted, we lacked the vision and knowledge of how to pull it all together. We met with a few different designers but until our meeting with Nick and Douglas we didn’t feel confident that they totally understood what we wanted to achieve. 

 

The whole process was managed brilliantly and the transformation was completed in just a few weeks from signing off on the design. The planting is fabulous and we have enjoyed watching the garden evolve as spring became summer and more delights revealed themselves. 

 

Having never previously used a design service on any of our many home improvement projects we would highly recommend Nick and Douglas who proved they were worth their weight in gold for their project management skills, imaginative ideas, plant knowledge and general all round loveliness!"

Charlotte, London W13

“Nick and Douglas have done a wonderful job with our front garden.  Our brief was to lift our drab bungalow frontage and really bring a garden to the front garden rather than a glorified parking space. 

 

We have very limited knowledge of gardens but Nick and Douglas came up with designs and ideas that are really working.  The work and team was extremely efficient and managed really well by Nick and Douglas to the set budget we had discussed.  

 

We get pleasure from the lush garden which is growing and improving every day and have had so many compliments and admiring glances. I would have no hesitation in recommending them”

Jane & Chris, London W13

"Nick and Douglas transformed our very boring back garden into an amazing spectacle. We now have a patio, artificial lawn for our dog and grandchild to play on, and a lovely seating area at the bottom of the garden.  

 

Their choice of plants was incredible - colours, varieties and types of flowers and foliage. The amount of wildlife the garden now attracts is wonderful! We would recommend Nick and Douglas to anyone wanting to redesign their garden."

Lee and Tamsin, London W5 

"We needed a garden design that could combine an aspiration for clean contemporary lines on the one hand, with a desire for a romantic, cottage garden on the other; a space that could transform as children become teenagers, but for now, still house a trampoline, somewhere adults could unwind and where rabbits could relax! 

 

Nick and Douglas are accomplished and knowledgeable designers who obviously enjoy their work. They have stacks of good ideas, an infectious enthusiasm and are easy to get along with, ‘can do’ people. They are also efficient, fast-working, great project managers - all on time and on budget. 

 

They took our confusing brief and have created a lovely garden that hits all our criteria while having a coherent design, easy maintenance and beautiful planting. We love the result!

 

Our garden is utterly transformed, feels so much bigger and has become another room in our home, which we’ve thoroughly enjoyed during this wonderful summer. We are all delighted - adults, teenagers, children and rabbits! It’s been a pleasure to work with Nick and Douglas, such a charming pair!"

Claire and Sean, London W5

"The brief we gave Nick and Douglas was to extend our home into the garden and create separate outside spaces where we could dine, relax as a family and entertain our friends. Their design did not disappoint and we are still amazed at how they transformed our long, narrow and unloved garden into such a beautiful place. 

 

The planting scheme is imaginative and carefully thought out so the garden has interest in all seasons and looks great from any angle. The whole design and build process from start to finish was high quality, thoroughly professional and any issues were quickly resolved.  

Most of all the experience was immensely enjoyable; you can’t help but be carried along by the genuine enthusiasm and passion that Nick and Douglas have for what they do.  Thank you Nick and Douglas – you are such an incredibly talented team and we absolutely love our garden!

Emma and Brian, W5 

"We gave Nick and Douglas the brief of an eating/meeting room as we run a business from the garden office and enjoy family dinners outdoors.

My goodness, what they created in our small garden is a wonderful space where every single detail is beautiful to look at and use. Being in it makes us happy and content. We absolutely love it.

Nick and Douglas are a very special team, talented, intuitive, with an effortless understanding of gardens and an absolute pleasure to work with."

Hannah and Ed, London W5

"From the moment we had our initial consultation we felt confident that Nick and Douglas had not only taken on what was important for us, but would also be able add their unique vision to our brief. Nick and Douglas's passion for what they do and their professionalism made the whole process smooth and very enjoyable. They provided regular communication during the design and building process and we are extremely happy with the results. We are already lining then up to design our back garden in a few years time!"

Mamta, London W3

"I wouldn’t be exaggerating when I say Nick, Douglas and their team have created our very own Chelsea garden here in Acton W3. We are thrilled with the results. The whole process from design through to the construction was incredibly professional, fun and unobtrusive. They really took all of our comments and requirements on board. In particular, finding solutions to help with some of the noise pollution issues we have. The final design was a dream come true for us. Thank you Nick and Douglas, from a family who rarely used the back garden to one who are finding every excuse to be out there."

Mary, London W5

"Nick and Douglas are very good at listening to what you do and don't like and designing something you will love. Their team worked so quickly and amazed me how they were able to create a garden that is exactly what I hoped for. I'm excited to see it change through the seasons and mature. All the people involved were really lovely to deal with and I would recommend Nick and Douglas to anyone who is looking to update or improve their garden."

Sunita, London W5

"I want to say a big thanks to Nick and Douglas who transformed my front garden while I was away over Christmas. What an amazing transformation over three weeks. They not only understood my brief of creating an interesting, low maintenance and beautiful space, but their true passion shows in their meticulous and varied planting. It looks stunning already and I cannot wait until Spring brings the flowers into bloom. I can highly recommend Nick and Douglas to anyone considering a new garden as Nick had already worked his magic on my back garden on 2017. "

Ed and Mike, London W7

"From the outset Nick made designing our new garden a straight-forward and enjoyable process. He was incredibly knowledgeable and engaging through the design process, and patient even as we went through multiple revisions as the constraints on us changed. In the space of a few days the garden had been transformed - the range and combination of plants has given the garden a really lush, tropical look - it's like having an extra room in the house."

Justin, London W13

"Nick has transformed my dreary uninspiring garden into a beautiful oasis in west London. I now love spending time in and relish showing it off to friends and family! Nick is also utterly charming, dedicated and passionate about what he does, I can't recommend him highly enough"

Sunita, London W5

"Nick... the garden is changing and growing every day before my eyes... you have created a beautiful haven for me to enjoy every day. Thank you for this wonderful creation"

Tina and Gavin, London W3

"Enjoying our new garden with planting provided by The Distinctive Gardener. Nick understood exactly the look and colour scheme I had in mind and interpreted it into the gorgeous, peaceful, wafting space we have now. Everyone loves it, including the bees and Elsie the Basset Hound!"​

Anand and Anu, London W13

"Many thanks.  The garden looks beautiful!  My wife was absolutely thrilled and over the moon - think she made yet another recommendation for you on Facebook!"

Katie, London TW8

"Thank you thank you thank you, it was so exciting coming home today! - lovely surprises! So peaceful - thank you! FABULOUS!"

Sam & Michael, London W13

"Huge thank you and a glowing recommendation for Nick Gough who just finished turning my horrible front garden into a work of art! - if you need a garden transformation, he's your man! "

Jackie & Cathal, London W3

"Thank you Nick for transforming our building site, a sorry excuse for a back garden, into an amazing space, which, as a family, we absolutely love!

 

We had an extension built and Nick came along with his enthusiasm and vision for our neglected garden. While Nick worked on it, we went on holiday and came back to our garden oasis! Not only is he knowledgeable and artistic but from a practical point of view very reliable and trustworthy. I cannot recommend Nick highly enough for general garden maintenance to a full-scale garden transformation."

Ellen & Charlie, London W5

"Thank you so much, we absolutely love it! It looks amazing!" 

Tracii & Pete, Basingstoke

"We couldn't believe so much could be acheived in such little time! We were totally amazed!!! Thanks so much Nick -the garden looks absolutely stunning! "

If you're looking for someone to transform your garden, or simply need help with its upkeep, why not get in touch to see how we can help you with your garden?