Designing a garden for a client is an honor and a pleasure. I like to meet you and conduct a detailed survey of your needs and wants, how the garden will be used etc, this will then allow me to propose a garden design that will reflect and, hopefully exceed your expectations.
English Gardens and Designs is based in Riverside, CT, and I work locally to design and install residential gardens with a flair of “Englishness”. As the owner I am always on site and work with my well trained crew to create gardens of all sizes and each one is totally unique, like it’s owner.
I offer a full range of services from design, installation, and maintenance. I manage all aspects of your projects, including bringing in contractors for irrigation, lighting, tree work, hardscaping and any other specific requirements you may have. Gardens are not created over night and I recommend developing your garden in phases with different installations over the years to suit your budget and evolving taste and preferences.
I am particularly committed to preserving the environment and where possible, endeavor to design gardens with the view to improving habitat, conserving resources and using sustainable organic materials. I am very aware of how important sustainable landscaping is to the future.
We also support local businesses by supplying plants and materials from nearby, high quality nurseries, providing the best plants for your garden.
I am a member of the Royal Horticulture Society, Nation Trust and Royal Oak Society, The Federated Garden Club of Connecticut, and The New York Botanical Gardens where I serve on the Landscape Design Student Alumni Board.
At English Gardens and Designs our pledge is to install beautiful gardens from start to finish. To make an outdoor space that delights and enhances your life, providing a garden of beauty and wellbeing.
Our mission is to create stunning gardens with an English flair. Where one’s senses are engaged and where one can relax, entertain or just enjoy the view.
VIEW SOME OF OUR MOST RECENT WORK
Here you can find the latest and greatest in garden design!
Wildlife in the Garden
Patio, Pergola, Fire Pit
Low Maintenance Gardens
Before and After
MEET THE TEAM
WHO WE ARE
Landscape Designer and CEO
Sandy Lindh Landscape Designer and owner of English Gardens & Designs LLC.
I am an experienced landscape garden designer who moved to Riverside in 2004 from Royal Berkshire in England. I have always had a passion for gardening, especially English gardens and Topiary. I received my formal Landscape Design training with The New York Botanical Gardens. Before moving to the US, I spent many years creating gardens in my native England. I have traveled extensively in England, Europe, Asia, and Australia to broaden my landscape knowledge and to gather ideas, which I use in my garden designs today. My particular passion is boxwood knot gardens, topiary, herb gardens, English gardens, organic vegetable gardens, mazes, ornamental potagers and formal gardens. As a member of the Royal Horticultural Society, The National Trust and the Royal Oak, I frequently visit beautiful gardens in the UK, and I keep abreast of the latest garden design fashions by regularly attending the Chelsea Flower Show in London and various gardening courses in the US and the UK. I like to get to know my clients and take great pride in designing and taking care of their gardens. I often ‘pop in’ to check on the gardens and to make sure that everything is in good shape.
Susan (or Miss Moneypenny as we call her) is our Office manager and does a brilliant job behind the scenes in running the company, organizing the office, sending out invoices, doing the accounts and marketing for English Gardens & Designs LLC. Susan has an administrative background across a broad range of industries from banking to PR. She has also been heavily involved as a parent in the Greenwich public schools – 5 years on the PTA Council, including PTA President of Eastern Middle School.
Susan is a fellow Brit, who also loves gardens and pink! When she can find the time, Susan can be seen walking her dog around the area, or playing tennis on one of the town courts! She is always ready to help you with any questions or making appointments with Sandy and providing general information.
Danny has been trained by Sandy in the art of fine gardening and horticulture the English way. Danny is conscientious and takes great pride in every aspect of his work. Over the years Danny has become very skilled at many aspects of gardening, not least the fine and meticulous art of cutting boxwoods and pruning. He trains the rest of the crew and makes sure that the services we provide are of the highest standards. Danny consistently receives accolades from my clients.
I have a wonderful crew, from masons, arborists, to fine gardeners all whom will to make your garden look beautiful.
WE TAKE PRIDE IN EXCELLENCE
English Gardens & Design specializes in mid to large-size residential landscaping, offering all phases of design, installation and project management including:
Call me to arrange an initial meeting, together we will do a walk through of your garden and discuss your needs and wants.
You can explain all your hopes and dreams for your outdoor space and I will give suggestions and ideas. At this time it would be useful to have a copy of your site survey or plot plan, if available. Cell 203 273 9334.
From the information you have provided I will prepare an estimate for the next stage of the process, which can either be:-
an itemized quote for the work to be done, and/or
a landscape plan/drawing
I will present my ideas so that we may discuss the design concept and review the proposed next steps and estimated costs together.At this point I will also show you examples of my previous work using photos of past jobs.
Then we will together walk around the garden to explain in more detail how the proposed concept will come to fruition. Based on our conversation I will make adjustments to make sure that the final project fits both your goals and budget.
I will be on-site with my crew to lay out the design, place the plants and I will closely monitor the installation. I will be available to handle any issues that may arise during the installation and I will regularly update you on the progress.
After your new garden has been installed – and if you so prefer – I would be very happy to provide a monthly maintenance service taking care of the new plants, providing spring and fall clean-up, spring and winter pruning, fertilizing, composting and bulb planting.