Tom Bannister

Meet the designer of The Ecotherapy Garden at RHS Chelsea 2024

Tom Bannister

Tom Bannister

Tom has worked in the horticulture industry for over two decades, in many different aspects of the industry. From complex hard landscaping and groundwork installations to nursery management and intricate planting schemes on award-winning show gardens at RHS Malvern, RHS Hampton Court, and RHS Chelsea.

In July 2017 Tom graduated from The London College Of Garden Design based in The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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Tom​ says: “Designing a show garden really tests you and focuses the mind. We have a build team that builds our gardens and for them, it also means they carry this level of focus and attention to detail into our private projects throughout the year. For me as a designer, it really tests me and of course, helps raise my profile so my clients know that they can rely on us to give them the best results.”

Tom’s tips to designing a container garden:

  • Understand the scale of the space to help decide what plants should be used.
  • Wrap the area in nature wherever possible and think of different heights throughout. Above head height, middle eyeline, knee height, and ground level. 
  • If you can make bespoke containers to fit your site, you can make almost any arrangement.

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