Michael Tooley has been an adviser to the National Trust of England & Wales on the restoration of gardens of historical interest, particularly Lindisfarne Castle in Northumberland and Washington Old Hall, Co. Durham. He was consultant to the Hestercombe Gardens Trust for the garden designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. He has advised civil engineering firms on the stabilisation of slopes using a range of plant species and designed plantings for the grounds of a hospital trust in north-west England using native plant species.

He has lectured throughout the UK and USA on garden design and garden history, and gave annual lectures at The Architectural Association in London on aspects of garden history. He was an external examiner for garden history at the King's Manor, University of York.

Michael has been designing gardens for more than thirty years, and has had commissions throughout the UK and in Canada. These designs include formal gardens around the house, terrace gardens, water gardens, woodland gardens and courtyard gardens. The scale ranges from a backyard to several acres.

Michael's approach is firstly to "consult the genius of the place" and secondly produce a plan that is appropriate and sympathetic to the house, the garden ground and the surrounding landscape. Formality around the house gives way to informal plantings and paths that lead to gardens of special interest and to surprises that delight and enchant.

Michael welcomes enquiries about garden and landscape design projects from both private and public clients. He has in hand projects in East Sussex and Aberdeenshire in the UK and Vermont in the U.S.A.


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