“Charlotte transformed my sad, scruffy patch of grass into a beautiful garden with her inspired design. It is now my pride and joy.” — Kay Francksen
Specialising in garden designs that embrace practicality and biodiversity, garden consultations and project management, Charlotte Howard is an award-winning garden designer based near Bath in the West Country. Charlotte has an RHS Masters Degree and a National Diploma, both in Horticulture. She has an established background as a skilled horticulturalist with a reputation for quality, attention to detail and sensitive customer care. Whatever your garden needs Charlotte can help, whether it be just general advice, a one-to-one consultation, planting plans or a full-blown garden design.
Charlotte’s enthusiasm for plants and nature is infectious and may turn even the most anti-gardening person into a horticulturist. Her long-held passion to deliver excellent, reliable customer service is reflected in many glowing testimonials.
“Thank you so much for transforming our garden. You’ve made your designs come alive and we can now enjoy our garden. Thank you.” — Natasha King
Design and Consultation
Charlotte can design for any area, in any style and for any budget. She draws exclusively by hand and is able to call on her extensive knowledge of classical art, garden history and modern garden trends as inspiration. Below are some examples of her work. Once the design has been agreed Charlotte will take you through the tendering process with contractors and is happy to help with project management if needed.
Alternatively if you’ve taken on a new garden and are not sure what to do with it or just need some fresh ideas Charlotte offers a friendly and informal Garden Consultation Service to get you going without committing to a full design. This includes:
- Initial 1-2 hr visit and walk around to get an idea of your needs, when and how you would like to use your garden, what styles, colours and plants you like and what your budget is. Every part of your garden both hard and soft landscaping, amenities and problem areas will be taken into account.
- All suggestions made during the visit will be presented as a written report; a maintenance schedule can also be included.
- At only £190 this is an ideal gift, and should you decide you need a full design later, this will be discounted from the price (subject to terms and conditions apply)
For those on a tight budget, Charlotte also offers 'No Frills' garden advice. This can be done in your garden or virtually over video call, just bring a notepad! This is priced at £40 an hour (travel expenses apply over 30 miles)
“Charlotte transformed our awful front garden (which had suffered from scaffolding/being used as a rubbish tip amongst other indignities) from being an embarrassment on the road to a lush aromatic haven for bees. She also managed to make it easy for two absolute non-gardeners to maintain it whilst giving lots of supportive advice. She is incredibly hard-working with a clear design vision. If we ever have a back garden, we will be employing her to design it.” — Diluki O'Beirne
Human beings have an innate connection to nature. Studies have shown time and time again that being able to view nature, whether through a window or via indoor plants improves our mental and physical health. Nowadays more than any other, people need nature. Many people don’t have the luxury of a garden or pets, with house plants you can take care of a living thing. Charlotte can help you chose the perfect house plants in conjunction with bespoke terrarium maker Terrachic of Bath.
For businesses, indoor plants have been shown to help reduce sickness and boost energy and creativity amongst their workforce. Charlotte can show you how a living wall can create impact, clear pollution and save energy.
Below is a recent commission for the Moonlight Indian Restaurant in Corsham where Charlotte worked with Terrachic of Bath to create a beautiful, low maintenance indoor tropical garden.
If you are looking to bring greenery into your home, Charlotte can provide a personalised houseplant ordering and advice service.
“Charlotte Howard from Capability Charlotte did a house plant audit in my home with a thorough consultation and a fun morning's shopping in local nurseries and garden centers. She even spent time with my daughters teaching them about propagating. It surpassed my expectations, especially the fact she spent time educating my girls. Perfect for keeping children occupied while schools are closed” — Michelle Eddahar
Management and Planting
Charlotte can also take on large-scale commercial and residential projects, both as a designer and a project manager. Her largest scheme to date was with Wadswick Green Retirement Village in Corsham, Wiltshire. Find out more about the project here.
For residential maintenance work Capability Charlotte can also put you in contact with her network of highly trained gardeners and landscapers who can assist with everything garden related including one-off blitzes, occasional or regular maintenance, border revamps or complete makeovers.
“Charlotte has been absolutely fantastic from the moment she stepped foot in our garden. We would like to thank her so much for her help and inspiration which will turn our garden into something much more enjoyable and will allow our daughter to feel like she owns part of it too.” — Keeley Hampton
Are you struggling to think of a perfect present for your loved ones? Don't waste money on
things that will become landfill, buy them an experience.
Do you know someone who has a garden but doesn't know what to do with it? Why not buy them some time with a garden expert. These beautiful gift cards can be used for any occasion.
- Prices start at £25 for an hour of garden advice.
- £150 pays for a full garden consultation with a follow-up written report which will include guidance on maintenance as well as advice on how to make the most of the garden, with pictures and links to helpful websites.
- For a more generous gift, a full garden design starts from only £600.
(Terms and conditions apply, travel expenses to further afield may be charged.
Anthony Dear Landscapes — Hard landscaping and
Downside Nurseries — General nurseries, perennials, trees and shrubs
Arvensis Perennials — Trade-only nursery, for herbaceous perennials, grasses and ferns
Samscape Plants — Tropical and Mediterranean plants
Barters Farm Nurseries — Barters Farm is a trade nursery and public plant centre. Trees, perennials and grasses, particularly good for shrubs.
West Kington Nurseries — Trade-only nursery for perennials, grasses and shrubs
Terrachic of Bath — Terrarium and indoor gardens
Bolingbroke Design Service — Architects practice
For more information on any of her services, or to book an appointment, please fill in the form below:
Charlotte in her studio with her drawing assistant
“Charlotte came to me when I had temporarily lost my gardener and like a whirling dervish she turned it around into a clean and beautiful tranquil space. She is so hard working, great fun to be around and clearly knows her stuff well! I'd recommend her happily!” — Charlotte Gentry
“Charlotte carried out the work speedily, unobtrusively and to great effect” — The Nurseries, Hilperton