Catherine Chenery is an award winning garden designer and botanical stylist with a background in History of Art and a life-long love of plants and the outdoors. Catherine refined her knowledge of plants and eye for design when she studied at the London College of Garden Design, graduating in 2013 with a distinction.
Catherine’s garden design style is characterised by soft planting contrasted with contemporary landscaping. Designing with a holistic approach allows Catherine to focus on balancing strong design with the demands on the space and the needs of the client. The core of Catherine’s approach is a desire to understand the client’s style and the way in which they want to use the garden, aiming to create a space that is not only beautiful but becomes an intrinsic part of their life and home.
A glance through Catherine’s portfolio will show you projects ranging from urban roof terraces to larger country gardens. Catherine adapts her approach to suit the individual client and surroundings of the garden.
A highlight of Catherine’s career to date was being awarded the People’s Choice Award at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015. Collaborating with horticulturalist Barbara Harfleet, Catherine created ‘Unique’, a show garden for the Rare Chromosome Disorder Society which featured soft, textural planting around curving gravel paths.
A love of natural, informal planting is reflected in botanical styling projects. These include a Chelsea in Bloom installation, window displays and wedding flowers. In 2017 Catherine exhibited at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in collaboration with Riot Balloons to create the ‘Chelsea Jungle', an immersive jungle dreamscape of exotic foliage and vibrant balloons.