The leading landscape architect shares her thoughts on Instagram, her favourite podcast and entering our Awards.

Marian Boswall is a leading landscape architect who creates gardens that provide much more than a pretty outside space. Her work is a direct response to the history of the land and the energy of the clients and the site. People that work with Marian tend to be looking for something enduring in a design, that will provide then with an uplifting, sustainable and beautiful place of sanctuary that will last for many years. Marian’s Instagram posts and articles inspire designers and clients alike.

What was the inspiration for the site?

Gardens can be so more than just another decorated room: they can be a place of celebration, a sanctuary, a way to connect to your inner paradise and a healing tonic for a regular dose of happiness. I was inspired by a desire to share these thoughts.

When did you launch?

I have been designing since 2004, and writing for about a year.

What are your greatest challenges?

Juggling all the things I am interested in!

What's your background?

I studied Horticulture and did a masters in Landscape Architecture, and for years lectured on historic garden conservation at Greenwich University. In a previous career I was an international management consultant, and to start with I read French and Italian at Oxford, with art always alongside.

Who do you admire in business?

I admire people who try to make a difference whilst remaining grounded. Guy Watson at Riverford has changed the way we choose our food. Emma Watson (no relation) has changed the way we choose our clothes. I’d like to change the way people choose their gardens and manage their estates.

Please recommend a website and / or app that helps you promote or run your business or that you simply couldn't live without.

I use Instagram and have met many fascinating people and clients.

Do you have a favourite business/design podcast?

Sinead Millard’s The Courage to Be.

What is the best piece of digital advice you've been given in regards to your showcasing/running your business online?

Be authentic, it’s real engagement that counts, not numbers.

What is your motto?


Where do you see the business going from here?

We’d like to continue to work with people who own estates and gardens that are interesting in creating something special for the long term.

Have you put your company forward for an award before?

We have won many design awards, including the Society of Garden Designers Main Award 2019 (the ‘winner of winners’) The BALI Principle award and the Sussex Heritage Trust award for landscapes.. but none for our little website ;

October 2019