David Sarton has worked in horticulture since the age of 14. Working for a previous supplier of plants to RHS Gardens he learnt the basics of plant management and horticultural design ‘on the job’.
As a natural progression, with his love of photography, David moved into horticultural photography working as an commissioned photographer at RHS Wisley for 6 years in the late 90’s, early 2000’s.
During that time David joined the Professional Garden Photographers Association (PGPA) and has been photographing RHS Show Gardens at Chelsea and Hampton Court since 2000.
He started designing gardens at the same time and won his first Gold medal at the Kent Show in 2004, this was followed by a further Gold and Top Gold in 2005 and 2006. David Sarton has been awarded a RHS Gold Medal for his first garden at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2013. A summer garden called Athanasia.
David now runs his own garden design business in the Weald of Kent, offering a full design and landscaping package incorporating his love of horticulture, colour and balance to interpret the project theme, enhancing and producing a design to meet and exceed a client’s expectations and desires.
Weald Design aims to develop any garden or area of a garden into a place for reflection, rest and a celebration of the beauty of nature.
The aim is to meet the clients and to understand your aspirations and main objectives for your garden. From this meeting, I will send you a design fee proposal. If this is accepted, the next stage is to do a site survey. I think the essence of a garden is to enhance the home, linking the house to its surrounding environment; a place that you want to be in.
This involves us taking measurements, levels and a soil sample of the garden as well as plotting the existing buildings, paths, trees and any other details that are essential to the design. A full photographic view of the garden will also be done.
An outline of the design and creation of presentation drawings with a concept board will also be carried out. At this stage the primary plants and main areas of the hard landscaping will be shown, to give you everything you need to visualise how your garden will look. Materials and plants will not have been finalised at this point. The design concept is a discussion document that allows for things to be altered.
These are the master drawings for the final design, showing all you need to build the garden. Details include lighting, irrigation, construction elements and setting out measurements and levels. From these drawings we can generate an accurate costing for the garden build.
This is a layout of all planting areas, listing all trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses and bulbs that will add the final wow-factor to your garden. This is an area where you may want to be involved, whether you have green fingers or not … we will work with you. We can also provide a maintenance schedule for you to take care of your garden and to keep it looking great for years to come. It is the plants that make a garden come alive, a better place not only for your health and wellbeing, but also for that of all the new wildlife which will move in and make it home.