Garden Designer and Landscape Architect in Dorset

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My name is Ann Balmforth and I am a garden designer based in the middle of Thomas Hardy's Wessex, near Dorchester, Dorset. This means that I can also cover the local areas of Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire. I have been analysing requirements, designing gardens and managing projects for many years, as well as creating my own garden that has been endorsed as a wildlife garden by the Dorset Wildlife Trust.  My garden designs are distributed across a number of categories, so scroll through them at the top of this page then select View The Gardens to browse through the different designs.

As an experienced garden designer, I have created beautiful and effective designs for all types of clients, ranging from small town or cottage gardens, contemporary courtyards to large rural landscapes. Each garden is a bespoke and innovative design, drawn by hand, after spending sufficient time with each client to understand their specific requirements. I believe that it is important to have enough time to listen to clients.


My clients have ranged across Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Hampshire and their gardens varied in style, from a courtyard for a couple to a family garden, to a suburban garden or to a one acre farmhouse garden. Some have been sloping gardens, some have been awkward shapes, all of them have been individually designed and drawn by hand to meet the client's requirements. I am a passionate garden designer/landscape architect and love the challenges of new projects, whatever the size, shape, aspect or gradient, and love working with people to achieve their dreams.


I can also recommend landscape contractors to construct your design which I am happy to monitor. Alternatively, if you already have a garden that you love but want help with the planting, I can create planting plans for stylish, easy-to-maintain borders, borders that will attract wildlife or borders that allow you to follow your passion for gardening.

As a professional garden designer, my designs are built around the principles of innovation, versatility and collaboration, I am proud to provide a professional, passionate and friendly design service that will inspire you to realise your vision and create a garden that will enhance your lifestyle, so please contact me to discuss your requirements and make an appointment for a free consultation within Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire. If you wish to make an enquiry for a garden outside these counties, I will only charge travel expenses at cost. Please browse through my portfolio to see the range of my work and if you have any questions regarding the designs please don’t hesitate contact me.


  • ... we are hugely pleased with the results.....boundless enthusiasm and right from the initial consultation was very customer focused, clearly understanding what we wanted to achieve and building this into a coloured outline plan which was clear, met all expectations of a fresh, modern look and most importantly worked around the existing hard landscaping, which we were keen to retain. Ann's knowledge of plant types is exceptional and she instinctively knew what would work, both for our garden and for us!
    Mr T, Bishop's Waltham, Hampshire
  • … delighted to recommend … Ann's input helped us to turn our "wish list" into a coherent plan … took the time during our initial consultation … clarifying our vision … surveyed the garden … beautiful conceptual plans … every detail of the scheme clearly, in colour
    Mr B, Broadmayne, Dorset
  • ... she wanted to create a garden that integrated with our lifestyle .... Ann worked very quickly and in just a couple of weeks she delivered the outline design .... very creative use of the space, and incorporated all of the requirements we had specified, and on top of that had a 'wow' factor, that we could never have imagined .... I thoroughly recommend her garden design services.
    Mr D, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire
  • We are delighted with our new garden. Ann considered are requirements and preferences and has designed a beautiful space that meets our needs, incorporates our planting choices whilst suggesting some new delights that suit the situation. The whole process has been efficient and inspirational. Looking forward to the coming seasons to see how it matures.
    Mrs F. Ringwood, Dorset
  • We were very happy with our garden designer from the very beginning. We felt she really listened to what we wanted and was able to overcome some difficulties we were expecting to have as our garden was on a big slope. The finished result is stunning. We would highly recommend her.
    Mrs P, Preston, Dorset
  • "Ann designed and project managed (including liaising with planners) the transformation and renewal of our steeply sloping and rather neglected back garden into a stunning and enjoyable outdoor space. The project included a large amount of hard landscaping on varying levels, enlarging existing borders and creating an overall planting plan. Ann always listened to our ideas and was open to discussion, and designs were adapted and changed along the way and even on site. The new garden sits beautifully with the older house and looks almost as though it has always been there. Highly recommended!"
    Mrs V, Beaminster, Dorset