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Hugh O'Connell
Principal Imaginative Garden & Landscape Designers in the South West and GB

South West Design Studio near Exeter Cullompton M5

“Nature evolves its own designs, Hugh sculpts in stone and designs gardens in harmony”.

One of Hugh's designs is featured in the April edition of Coast magazine!

This month sees a very special garden designed by Hugh featured in COAST magazine. The Coastal Seaside Garden at Looe in Cornwall is on a wonderful but challenging site. The high position and rocky terrain required a thoughtful and unique approach and solution. The result is a beautiful and sustainable garden, sympathetically blending in with the natural landscape.

The COAST article is available in PDF format here. You can read about how the garden was designed and constructed on the Seaside Garden page.

Copyright COAST Magazine

Hugh O'Connell is a garden designer based on the Exeter Devon/Somerset border in the South West of the UK. This brochure of garden and landscape design examples and makeovers for the UK Garden Designer cannot provide anything like a complete picture of the skills we as garden and landscape designers can bring to bear on any design. Each project provides different challenges - each garden and makeover is different, as is every client's needs. We hope, however, that you will find a lot to interest you and that you will bookmark this site for future reference.

The Qualified Garden Design Associates work throughout Europe, Ireland, and the US. They have wide plant knowledge. Hugh O’Connell undertakes commissions in Devon, Dorset, Cornwall, Somerset, Avon, London and the UK South West. John Morris Dip La MLI works throughout the UK. Book a single advisory visit. Contact us for a free no obligation consultation.

Projects range from smaller gardens - both traditional and contemporary, seaside gardens, with or without conventional windbreaks, up to larger formal gardens, country parks and environmental projects.

Please explore our site by clicking the Menu at the top of the page and by using the Next Page/Previous Page links when available. Alternatively, use the site map page. You can even join our Forum and ask the Associates to help with a gardening problem! If you are a student, you can ask Hugh O'Connell about design problems or any other garden design issues. Hugh is only too pleased to help!

Latest News - 2014 Schemes

Classical Gardens

This garden is now 15 years old from Hugh O’Connell’s design plans. The house is Grade 2 Listed as is the garden.

Hugh O’Connell is still designing gardens it is his way of life. All his gardens are original ideas in concept evolved.

Seaside Garden
Seaside gardening without conventional windbreaks. Using land form to fracture wind. A garden in Cornwall.

Current Projects
Large Garden redesign for a listed Victorian Lodge on the Devon Cornwall border.

New build house with a large established garden in Tailand Bay in Cornwall between Looe and Polperro.

Seaside garden for a traditional old granite and stone house at Trebetrienck North Cornwall.

New Build Huf Haus with a garden frontage in an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' and adjacent a SSSI 'Special Site of Scientific Interest' on the Chisel Beach coast in Dorset. Landscape scheme for the Huf Hause prepared by Hugh O'Connell was approved by West Dorset Planning on the 27 May 2010.

Edwardian house garden of 4 acres near Bideford in Devon.

Coastal garden in Widmouth Bay, Cornwall.

Seaside garden in Cawsand, Cornwall.

This garden gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Tiverton in Bloom Certificate of Merit for 2007 and 2008

For details of the garden plants used in this garden, see the Ashley Combe page.

Classical and formal gardens a speciality

Gardens are for people

“What you will have, I hope, is a garden more beautiful than you had anticipated, with less care than you had expected, and costing only a little more than you had planned.”

Thomas Church American garden designer Californian school 1955 (1902–78)

The Sunday Times Gardening Book

"As a garden designer, I experience some of the same emotions as a nanny. Having made a garden, I always want to follow its development to maturity and see how it turns out."

Lanning Roper American born & UK work areas garden designer 1967 (1912 -83)

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