Lucy & Adam Tudhope, private clients
"Working with Matthew on our London garden was a pleasure from beginning to end - from endless discussion and emailing about planting plans and design, to his overseeing the physical change and finally his interest and follow up once the garden was complete. Matthew’s knowledge and experience meant he was able to direct us as to what was possible and how to achieve the ‘look’ that we were going for - we wanted to retain a slightly more unstructured look for our garden, with planting more reminiscent of a well kept country garden and with space for growing fruit and vegetables.
It has been about 6 months since completion and the main comment we get, aside from how beautiful it looks, is how mature it looks for a newly planted space. Matthew also oversaw the installation of lighting which gives the garden life after dark, and irrigation, which we can’t live without! We now spend hours in the garden and it’s been quite a life changer."
Simon & Judi Mackiness, Owners, Rudding Park Hotel
“Matthew Wilson has been involved with the gardens and landscape at Rudding Park for over 10 years. The three major projects he has developed are: the Spa landscaping including the roof top spa; the kitchen garden; and the Follifoot bedroom wing landscaping.
Matthew's designs have introduced a more contemporary feel to the gardens and they sensitively balance with the more formal gardens of the 1960's Jim Russell design and the historic Reptonian landscape.
He is responsive to client involvement, practical in the application of his designs and flexible with his time. He is a true 'plantsman' and his creativity and fundamental understanding of plants and their habits has created some excellent gardens at Rudding that our guests appreciate.”
Charles Humphries, HEAT Architecture Ltd
"We have worked with Matthew and his team on some tight urban gardens in London. The gardens that he designs are beautiful and practical; making the most of light and views and creating visionary spaces that work with the architecture. The materials and details provide a setting for the house, whilst the design seems to extend out into the neighbourhood; to be part of something larger. Perhaps because of his experience at Chelsea, Matthew is adept at juggling the competing demands of planning, contractors and the planting season to create serene, inspirational landscapes that evolve gracefully over time."
Mark & Nikki Newman, private clients
“We recently approached Matthew to help us re-design our 56 acre garden and broader estate.
He has been exactly what we were looking for: straightforward, honest, a great listener, and just full of some really good, simple and visionary ideas. Combine those skills with punctuality, commitment, cost consciousness, and being a lot of fun to be around, and for us you have the ideal, well qualified and extremely experienced partner to bring your garden to life.
Matthew has now designed our new estate Master Plan, which will be a 50 year living document, and we are starting to commence individual projects with him, within that bigger scheme. That vision has come from really understanding what we wanted to achieve, maximising key natural features of the property, as well as making his own clear recommendations. He even took our existing gardening team through the entire design to make sure they are fully involved and committed to the project.
We feel very lucky to be working with Matthew, and whatever the size of your project, we are certain he will demonstrate the same qualities that we have experienced. We cannot recommend him highly enough.”
"Matthew designed and project managed the creation of our garden in Little Venice. He took care to understand our needs, practically and aesthetically, and developed a design that worked for our family. During the build we always felt he was looking after our best interests, keeping progress and budgets on track. The finished garden is beautiful, enhances our home and is something we all love."
Giancarlo Alhadeff, Alhadeff Architects
“We have worked with Matthew on various occasions and every time he has helped our clients realise their dream landscapes!"