About Us

In 2022, Lush Garden Design celebrates 15 years of designing and creating inspirational spaces.

Founded in 2007 by Anna Barker, we started as a ‘design and build’ company for clients within a 25-mile radius of our base in Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire.

We soon started to receive more requests than we could cope with, so in 2012 we switched to being a ‘design only’ studio, which enabled us to serve many more clients.

We’ve now grown to a full-time team of three, working from the Old Cottage Hospital in the centre of Ashby. We’re supported by teams of expert gardeners, landscapers and technical advisors to ensure your garden design project is perfectly delivered.

We now work on projects for domestic and commercial clients across the UK and in Europe.


Meet the Team


Anna Barker

Anna Barker

Creative Director

Anna is co-founder and creative director of Lush Garden Design and is a garden designer with a passion for plants.

Since setting up the company in 2007, her love of plants and dedication to inspirational design has produced well over 300 gardens.

“My job is to help people fall back in love with their gardens.”

Rory Smith

Rory Smith


Rory is a garden design graduate who has worked in some distinguished gardens, including the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.

He has extensive plant knowledge and a real enthusiasm for creating stunning planting combinations. He’s also our resident 3D design expert.

Eleanor Barker

Eleanor Barker

Office Manager

Eleanor is a graduate who uses her superb organisational skills to ensure the smooth running of the office and our installation projects. If you contact us, it’s probably Eleanor you will speak to first.

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