Meet the Designers
Stuart Charles Towner
Award-winning designer Stuart Charles Towner lives in the Hampshire countryside where he was born and grew up. He spent much of his childhood in the garden with his parents and grandparents, gaining an early and enduring love for plants.
He has just successfully completed his BA (Hons) in Garden Design through the University of Greenwich and Hadlow College, working as a designer for Hambrook Landscapes while he studied for his degree. During his seven years with the company, Stuart worked on a wide range of projects and won BALI and APL awards for one of his gardens. He has recently made the move to set up his own garden design practice.
Having studied for his degree through the Landscape Architecture department at Greenwich and Garden Design at Hadlow, Stuart feels he has a unique balance that gives him his flair for design, along with a firm grounding for the understanding of landscape construction.
Stuart defines his style: “I’m a mixture of Gertrude Jekyll and Frank Lloyd Wright. A modern man seeking new materials and ways to express design, but always with a fundamental traditional undertone running throughout everything I do.”
He says his defining design principle is: “The creation of timeless gardens, spaces that sit in harmony with their context and surroundings.”
I am a garden designer and plantswoman in my final year of study for a BA (Hons) in Garden Design with the University of Greenwich, having returned to my first love of gardens after a career in print journalism.
My design work is strongly influenced by the natural world, art and a sense of place and history.
My aim is to create beautiful, liveable spaces that honour both the needs of my clients and the surrounding landscape.
The main source of inspiration for my designs is found in the patterns and cycles of the natural world. I have learned in particular that nature is always the best teacher when it comes to shapes, textures and colours in plant combinations. It is a principle employed at the gardens of the late Christopher Lloyd at Great Dixter in East Sussex, where, during my time as a student, I was lucky enough to be able to attend a series of planting workshops led by head gardener Fergus Garrett.
I have a particular interest in the healing power of gardens and landscapes and also in productive organic growing, having worked for several years at an organic farm.
Establishing the importance of
sustainability & the history of Kent
About Hadlow College
As a specialist, high quality, land-based college, we offer a huge range of courses to suit the needs of many different students. Graded at our last inspection as Outstanding, we pride ourselves on making all our students feel welcome and secure in what is a fantastic learning environment. We are very proud of what we do at Hadlow College and we are also the only college in Kent to be both Ofsted ‘outstanding’ and an LSIS Beacon provider.
About Garden Design at Hadlow College
Involving the study of creative arts in combination with natural science, graduates are well equipped to take up positions as garden designers and landscape consultants. You will be encouraged to visit a range of gardens, parks and landscapes throughout the UK and Europe to develop your design skills and gain a further understanding of garden planning. New topics and interests will be constantly covered so as to stretch and stimulate. For more information visit www.theruraluniversity.co.uk or www.hadlow.ac.uk