Covid-19 Update

Meeting clients face-to-face is very important for a designer, the subtle nuances of body language are what help us read what you want. Due to the current global pandemic and in order to follow government guidelines and protect the vulnerable that is unfortunately now not possible. Fear not though, I have been working out new ways to bring my design services to you while keeping us all safe! If you can provide me with a survey, or if you are happy to carry one out under my guidance, I can do the rest. Once I have the survey plot, I will draw a base plan of your current garden and arrange a video call at your convenience to discuss and sketch your new garden design. I use two cameras so you can see me both me and my sketches as we design your garden.

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“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.

“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

“Charlotte was super helpful in our garden advice session! Very friendly to chat to, and so many brilliant ideas 🙂 I now have lots of notes on plant suggestions and shape ideas specific to our garden. Most importantly, we're motivated to get going on it now with a better idea of which direction to take it in. Would definitely recommend 🙂”
Elizabeth Martin

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:

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 £60 an hour (travel expenses apply over 30 miles).

“Charlotte has a wonderful ability to visualise a garden. We struggled for 3+ years with half a garden in tiers of concrete and the other half an overgrown mess, then Charlotte came for a visit. As she walked down the garden she pointed out things we'd never noticed and shared her ideas for every aspect, design, planting, seating, lighting, etc. She followed this up with a detailed written design so we could work our way through the garden one job at a time. In less than a year the 'overgrown mess' has become a garden where you can sit and listen to the waterfall and relax. Thank you Charlotte, it would never have happened without you.”
Sue Green

Indoor Gardening

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.

The indoor tropical garden designed by Charlotte for Moonlight in Corsham

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

A variety of hot colour plants in Wadswick Green

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

Gift Vouchers

A Capability Charlotte gift voucher showing a variety of flowers on the cover

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 £60 for an hour of garden advice.
  • £250 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 £800.

(Terms and conditions apply, travel expenses to further afield may be charged.

Lectures

Charlotte is also an experienced horticultural lecturer, lecturing for Garden Clubs, the WI and Wiltshire College Swindon. Email her for a list of topics and fees.

“...It was an entertaining and informative talk, Charlotte effortlessly engaged with our group and shared her fascinating journey about how she’s got to where she is with Capability Charlotte ... We cannot recommend Charlotte enough and are so grateful to her for tailoring such a beautiful event for our group, the feedback was overwhelmingly positive! We look forward to welcoming her back!”
Minerva WI

Our partners

Viridis Landscapes — Female-run hard landscaping, planting and building team
Avon Valley Gardens — Complete gardening and lanscaping service
Anthony Dear Landscapes — Hard landscaping and building
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

Contact

For more information on any of her services, or to book an appointment, please fill in the form below:

Email: info@capabilitycharlotte.com
Phone: 01225 899425
Mobile: 07850 065470

Or find her on social media:

Charlotte at her desk in her studio with her feline drawing assistant

Charlotte in her studio with her drawing assistant

“Charlotte’s professional and friendly approach transformed our plain new build garden into a multi purpose family garden. Her energy and enthusiasm for gardening was contagious and she showed us how we can enjoy it throughout the year. She turned part of the garden into a kitchen garden with raised beds to allow us to grow produce with the children as well as creating a larger patio area to enjoy eating outside. All within our tight budget! We would highly recommend her! Thank you Charlotte!”
Laura Backhouse

Charlotte's drawing studio in traditional cottage style.

“Wonderfully creative & clever with my small, cottage garden and extremely warm and personable. Charlotte’s extensive knowledge was freely given as she walked with me around my place, understanding what I wanted to change to make this a soothing space for therapy & art clients plus my family and ‘busy’ dog. On further visits, Charlotte was enthusiastic with what I had accomplished from her advice. I have fallen in love with my garden again and can’t wait til Spring to see it all growing & taking shape. THANKYOU!”
Lucy Baile