A Registered Member of the Society of Garden Designers and the British Association of Landscape Industries, James founded The Garden Company in 1991.
Of his role, James says: ‘I don’t think a day goes past without me thinking how lucky I am to do what I do. I’m a huge believer in the transformative power of nature on our lives. Knowing that the work we do makes such a positive difference is humbling. Seeing a client’s joy at the end of a project and knowing that that will last for years to come is something I’ll never tire of.’
Garden inspiration: My grandparent’s rambling Cotswold garden and orchard held an intoxicating promise of adventure that inspired my love of nature and gardening. I also love the Alhambra in Andalusia for its grandeur and strikingly contemporary geometry and Sheffield Park Gardens in Sussex for its ambitious sense of scale. In particular, I love the way in which its designer (Capability Brown) so intuitively understood how the gardens would mature long after his lifetime
Favourite plant: Alliums are my favourite because of their delicate, ephemeral nature. I’m also a real fan of the un-showy, subtle beauty of wood anemones