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

Romain joined after obtaining an MSc in Landscape Architecture and building up a wealth of experience in garden landscape design, including the design of an award winning garden at the International Garden Festival in Chaumont-Sur-Loire in 2014.

Kate Booty

Kate Booty

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

Dorota joined the team in summer 2017. She has a MEng in landscape architecture and a wealth of knowledge and experience in both the commercial and domestic market.