Mark Draper

Meet the designer of The Cotswold Garden at RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2024

Mark Draper

Mark Draper

Mark studied Construction & Garden Design at Merrist Wood College, joining Graduate Gardeners for his middle year. He returned to work at Graduate Gardeners, gaining valuable experience building gardens.

See the Cotswold Garden

Mark’s RHS Malvern Gardens

2018 Urban Oasis – Silver gilt, People’s Choice
2014 Bringing Nature Home – Gold, Best in Show
2010 Youth of Old Age – Gold, Best in Show
2009 Chic City Living – Gold, Best in Show

Mark says:  “Growing up on a farm in Cornwall, I was always going to gravitate to a career outside. I’m a creative person, with lots of practical skills, so garden design and construction is something that ticked the box for me. I like the fact that you can physically see results for the work you put in, particulary when you visit a garden a few years down the line.

“My style is not to over complicate the hard landscape elements. Simple lines – then use the planting to create, movement, colour and 3D to the design. Working in the Cotswolds means that you are always dealing with sloping sites, so a good understanding of levels is essential, coming up with ways to provide practical solutions to tricky sites is a must.

“Being back at RHS Malvern is a perfect way to celebrate 50 years of designing and building beautiful gardens.”

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