Our Team

The Garden Design Company Ltd was created in 1996 by Rob Jones. It is now made up of a team of horticulturalists, designers and building specialists, who are all experts in their own field and committed to the high standards that underpin every job that GDC undertakes.

Director/ Founder

Originally a litigation lawyer specialising in medical crime and malpractice, Rob swapped sharp suits for secateurs and a drawing board over 20 years ago. Find out more about Rob.

Principal Designer

Landscape Architect Jess Sarson, with over 25 years experience in designing and creating gardens and outdoor spaces, brings a wealth of experience to the Garden Design Company as our in house designer.

Speaking fluent CAD, her designs also demonstrates fabulous freestyle flair producing schemes that are both imaginative and practical. Jess is well on her way to becoming an accredited member of The Society of Garden Designers.

Find out more about Jess.


Jo is a successful independent Chelsea award winning landscape designer. She trained originally as a textile designer at Loughborough College of Art & worked as a freelance designer for 10 years. This gave her an understanding of how to take a brief, a great sense of space & proportion with a flair for good creative design. She retrained as a garden designer & in 2002 went on to win a silver medal at her Chelsea debut together with the coveted BBC peoples choice award for her chic garden.

Jo’s designs range from courtyards to large estates & we have worked collaboratively with her for twelve years on many beautiful schemes – some can be seen here on our website.

Chiltern Estate
Berkshire Manor House
Norfolk front garden
Edwardian Semi.



Chris is an awesome recent find, who brings some brilliant talent to the team. His attention to detail is second to none.


Pete takes great pride in his work but has allergy to the sun.