Testimonials | Landscape and garden design

Garden Designer - Siobán Thomas

Garden Designer – Siobán Thomas

“Sioban took on the challenge of windswept seaside location, an eight foot drop from top to bottom, an irregular shape as well as the requirement to be easy to maintain.   Sioban worked closely with us and over a series of meetings came up with a design and detailed drawings that gave us comfort in going ahead with changes such as different screens and seating areas.  The attention to detail was also evident in the choice and sourcing of plants – she and husband, Trevor, were helpful with the actual planting so that the final layout took account of the slight variations necessary for a garden that as one visitor described ‘invites you in’.” Mary Elder

“Siobán has transformed  our typical long, narrow North London garden into something altogether more beautiful. From taking time to understand our likes and dislikes, to sourcing a landscape gardener and through to the final planting she was professional, trustworthy and approachable. She helped shape our ideas into a coherent design and created a selection of colours and textures that will bring us delight in throughout the year. She’s a great communicator and kept us updated throughout the project, supplying detailed drawings, plant lists and specifications. We love our new garden and can’t wait to see it in full bloom next spring and summer. ” Alice Lemaitre and Julia Parnaby

“We have been delighted by the service we have received from Leaf and Acre from our initial contact to the completion of the project. Sioban has shown exemplary care and attention to all aspects of the project. Sioban was sympathetic and creative in her response to our ideas and gently nudged us to a better understanding of how to develop our small garden into an extension of our home into the outside whilst providing a haven for wild life, a retreat, an opportunity to grow food and herbs and the potential for a retirement project when that times comes. The plans we received in advance of planting were thorough, informed and reflected her careful survey of the site. Sioban supervised the tendering process and helped us to find an excellent landscape gardener. At our request, she project managed the construction work and has carried out all of the planting.” Mary Short and David Dyke

“I would wholeheartedly recommend Leaf & Acre. You listened very carefully to the whole family’s views on what we would like and the design really reflects that. Your attention to detail on child safety and when commissioning a landscaper was excellent. The result is a garden that really works for us. It is a tricky, small space and you navigated with great care the planning issues associated with the walls and trees. The kids have a great new play space and, with their dad Paul, spend summer evenings in it practicing football and hockey. My son thought the adventure tower “awesome.” The dining and entertainment space is flexible and exactly what we wanted. You made sure to retain a quiet space for Paul and I to relax in away from the rest of the family. You even managed to design me a small spot to cultivate veg. I have been less successful in fighting off the slugs. Thank you and best wishes.” Beatrix Payne

“On a personal note I would like to express my sincere thanks for being so truly professional. The whole process has been a dream. My days are busy and without your creativity and efficiency this garden that we will enjoy would have never come together.” Franca Reynolds

“We are thrilled by the result that you have achieved for us.Your close attention to detail has been impeccable. That observation applies to each stage of the project, from ascertaining our ‘likes and dislikes’ at the outset, to drafting the invaluable, detailed plans, sourcing and then the careful planting which has produced a garden that we shall enjoy for many years to come.We look forward to recommending you to others whenever the opportunity may arise.” Clive Reynolds

“We used Siobán to re-design our front garden which we were unhappy with. Siobán spent time with us to understand what things we liked (as well as what things we didn’t like!) as well as understanding what would work well given our front garden is part in the sun / part in the shade. Within a few days Siobán was able to come up with a plan for our front garden which was nothing we could have imagined while at the same time being exactly what we wanted. Siobán has a fantastic knowledge of plants and a keen eye for detail. She is creative and professional as well as being a pleasure to work with. Thank you Siobán!” Richard Sehayek

“Sioban helped us design a fantastic ‘living wall’ for our small terrace space. We were impressed by Sioban’s planting design proposal, which showed real insight into the space we had and how to make the best of it. When it was planted up, we were thrilled – it was even better than we had imagined and it is now the real focal point of our living space (we look directly onto it through glass sliding doors from our dining/living area). It certainly delivers the wow factor we hoped for (and more). Sioban was also extremely professional in her approach and excellent at dealing with the suppliers of the living wall mechanism (including sorting out some issues which were not related to her part of the project at all). All in all we are delighted and would recommend Sioban without reservation!” Michelle Peters