How We Work

Tom Hoblyn

Tom Hoblyn

Tom is a British landscape designer, horticulturist and gardener who set up his practice shortly after graduating from The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. His work is underpinned by his innate understanding and knowledge as a plantsman and horticultural master, and an appreciation and awareness of place in the landscape.

An established figure at both RHS Chelsea and RHS Hampton Court, he has won three gold and four silver gilt and two silver medals, as well as the coveted People’s Choice Award for his Arthritus UK sponsored garden and a nomination for The People’s Choice of The Decade Award in 2020. He is a member of the Society of Garden Designers, (MSGD).

Tom has recently designed a new woodland garden at Haven House Children’s Hospice Woodford Green, Essex for Greenfingers Charity.

The Practice

The practice is based in a 400 year old converted barn at Tom’s property in the Suffolk countryside where he and the team have space to create, and use the walled garden to trial and experiment new ideas and designs.

Since its conception in 2001, Thomas Hoblyn Garden Design has worked on projects from London town houses to large country houses and rural estates, healing gardens, the rewilding of coastal land and public parks.

The team is a close group of designers and landscape architects collaborating to create landscapes and gardens which find their source in classical design and develop with more naturalist planting to blend seamlessly into their landscape.

Each project is a response to its own unique place and atmosphere, creating an environment where the client feels at ease in their space; a place to escape and delight. Tom’s relationships with his clients are personal and direct, encouraging client involvement in each project.

Following an ethic of sustainability, we seek to increase the ecological diversity and richness of any landscape in which we work. Local materials are used wherever possible and plants are selected to fit and thrive in their surroundings.

Design Process

After your initial enquiry we will discuss the project to gain a better understanding of your thoughts and needs. After this, we arrange for an on-site consultation with Tom so he can get a thorough feel for the space and discuss your thoughts and ambitions for the space – this will then form the brief.

Based on this consultation, Tom will put together a proposal outlining the suggested design process. Once the proposal ideas are approved and fees are agreed, further site visits enable the Concept Design.

Once the Concept Design is agreed and finalised, we start work on the Detailed Design, producing a package of construction plans and details to allow your landscape to be built. Following completion of the Detailed Design package, we can provide a Tender and Contract Preparation service to identify an appropriate contractor if required.

During construction, we attend the site at agreed intervals to inspect and advise on progress.

After completion, we encourage regular follow-up visits to ensure that your garden is settling in as intended and to advise on its development.

For a more detailed explanation of our working process, please email the office.

Tom’s Team

Romain Bardin

Romain Bardin

Landscape Architect

Romain joined the practice in autumn 2017 having completed a MEng in Landscape Architecture in 2013 and cumulated experiences in design and construction for both public and private spaces since then. He is registered as an accredited ‘Paysagiste Concepteur’ (Landscape Architect) and is authorised to use this official French title. He is currently on his Pathway to Chartership as an Associate Member of the Landscape Institute. Previously, Romain designed a garden at the International Garden Festival of Chaumont-sur-Loire 2014, and was awarded 2nd place (out of 26 gardens) in the Plant Palette and Harmonious planting competition. 

Romain brings his creativity and extensive CAD skills to Thomas Hoblyn Garden Design. He has experience in all aspects of landscape design with a particular interest in water and woodland gardens. Native of Normandy, Romain worked as a foreman and landscape technician for a large landscaping company in southern France. He cumulated experiences in landscape and garden design in England assisting the design for small town gardens through to medium to large scale estates.

Kate Booty

Kate Booty

Practice Manager

Kate is the practice manager and has worked for many years with Tom and his team. She ensures the smooth running of the office making sure projects are run efficiently and delivered on time and on budget. Kate also deals with all finance, business development and HR matters. In fact, it’s impossible to imagine how the company would run without her.

Dorota Bak

Dorota Bak

Landscape Architect

Dorota has been working at Thomas Hoblyn Garden Design since the autumn of 2017 and has a wealth of experience both in the UK and in Poland stretching over 13 years.

In 2007, after completing a MEng in Landscape Architecture, Dorota worked broadly on large urban developments and Master planning projects for commercial and residential schemes. Moving to the UK in 2013 Dorota honed her expertise in conceptual development and complementary plant palettes and can adapt to varying scales of landscape projects and complexities.

Dorota is an invaluable member of the team, ensuring our landscapes work harmoniously in their environment drawing on the architecture and landscape setting. 

Ros Hering

Ros Hering

Design Director 

Ros is the most recent member to join the THGD team as Design Director and is a Landscape Architect with experience in professional practice since 2008. Having completed a design degree from the University of the Arts, London, Ros went on to discover the world of Landscape Architecture, completing a Post-graduate Diploma in Garden Design in 2007 and subsequently Landscape Architecture in 2013.

Covering many aspects of landscape design from initial contact, through to detailed design and implementation, Ros has gained a wealth of experience working on a variety of projects across the UK. She has worked on projects large and small from high-end residential and roof-top gardens to the restoration of historic, listed landscapes such as Capability Brown parklands for the National Trust.

Projects also included many public realm, mixed use sites with sensitive planning considerations in collaboration with local authority and statutory bodies.

Trevor

Trevor

Trevor joined the practice in the summer of 2018. He trained at Charlie’s Dog Training Centre, graduating after only 8 weeks of intensive training, though he finds most of what he learnt as completely unnecessary.

Trevor specialises in bounding through the long grass and is happiest when in water – preferably muddy. He brings immense pleasure to Thomas Hoblyn Garden Design.