Creating elegant, inspiring and
beautiful gardens

Whether your aim is a traditional cottage garden,
contemporary elegant courtyard, or family space
which is both beautiful yet functional, my Garden
Design service can assist you in turning your ideas
into reality and help you exceed all expectations.

Garden Design

From urban back gardens and expansive rural areas to boutique courtyards and roof terraces, I have experience in the design of all types of outdoor space, contact me for a chat…


Need a full garden makeover, a design to work towards, renovations and refreshment of existing borders or advice on maintaining a newly acquired garden? I offer a full range of design and garden consultation services….


Read my posts of garden advice, current projects, reviews of open gardens and shows, and spotlights on specific plants. There’s even an occasional review of my favourite Gins! …

About Me

Hello. My name is Dawn McStravick, I am a Garden Designer of both contemporary and country style gardens and live in Cheshire in the UK where I learnt my trade on  my own large cottage-style garden. Originally a Londoner, I moved to Cheshire 17 years ago moving into a rural property where I inherited an enormous garden with not much in it. I could either ignore the garden and grass it all over or throw myself whole heartedly into this gardening lark. I did the latter and taught myself how to garden with the help of friends, books, tv and lectures, eventually training professionally at Reaseheath College, Nantwich.

The garden ended up divided into several “rooms”. The garden has a basic structure of trees, hedging and shrubs but has also romantic, cottage style flowers and climbing perennials. At the end of the garden is a Potager where there are fruit trees, veg growing in raised beds and flower beds for cutting.

I design across the UK but particularly in Cheshire and London. I work closely with landscaper contractors who I trust and who know how I work, though I am always happy to work alongside clients’ contractors too. Above all I love working in different styles and enjoy nothing better than collaborating with clients to transform their gardens…it’s a fabulous job!