Welcome to our website. My name is Jan Browning and ever since I can remember I have been in love with gardening. My father was a keen gardener and it just had to rub off on me. I adored spending time listening to him talk about what makes a garden special then helping him decide what and where to make changes to his lovely garden. Now, there is nothing I like more than being in the garden tending to the plants, adding to my knowledge and striving for the elusive perfection. I also love chatting with people and in particular helping them to resolve their gardening issues. Most of all I love making fabulous gardens that grow in beauty and bring so much joy to their owners for long periods to come.
During my professional career I have been lucky enough to travel and work in various countries around the world, (in Europe, Australia, Asia and the Middle East,) and there is nothing more inspiring for collecting ideas and designs to incorporate in garden projects. Away from work I am a keen cook who needs easy access to fresh ingredients, so I have first-hand understanding of how to add herbs and edible plants into a garden, in practical beds close to the kitchen. Another big aspect of my life is helping Howard, my husband, with his home renovation and garden landscaping business. My plant knowledge, garden design skills and home interior design knowledge compliment his practical mind, structural layout design, garden plan drawing and project management skills. We really make quite a good team!
It has become clear to many that combining living spaces by bringing elements of the garden into the home and the home into the garden make the whole feel larger and it can add an overall calming effect. Where it is practically possible, I like to make the garden an extension to the home, an outside room so to speak; it is much easier to achieve than you may think.
With over twenty years experience in different areas of horticulture, several RHS medals for show gardens and displays, including a silver-gilt at The Chelsea Flower Show, I have the skills, experience and knowledge to help make the most of your outdoor space. No matter how big or small, or where we are starting from, there is always progress to be made.
If you want help with your garden then please call me on 07745 555382 or send me your contact details on the contact us page. I look forward to hearing from you.
My garden was a wilderness, but with the help of Jan and Howard it had a complete makeover and is now a joy and has been much appreciated during the pandemic. The custom made raised beds enable me to have home grown vegetables and soft fruit, I’m already planning this years crop. Early last year, prior to lockdown, they returned and renewed by front fencing, which is now secure and a great improvement. I would recommend their services which are friendly , professional and knowledgable on plant choices
Wendy, Milton Keynes
In May 2020 I was fortunate enough to have my garden professionally landscaped, Jan and Howard helped with the planning and advice on all aspects. Jan’s plant knowledge is second to none, she helped me choose the right plants & shrubs for my garden, advising on their positioning in regard to shade and sunshine, type of soil etc. I wanted a layered look to my borders, again Jan advised on the best type of plants & shrubs to achieve this. I also wanted to maintain some colour in the garden during the winter months – this is the first time ever that my garden hasn’t looked completely dead! I would highly recommend Jan and Howard – in fact they are also helping my son and his girlfriend with their new garden.
Kim, Milton Keynes
Ours was a small project, to remodel an existing area of our garden alongside a public footpath and we are delighted with the results. We felt in safe hands from the outset, with a quick grasp of the issues to be addressed, followed by practical and attractive ideas for the solution, then efficient and timely delivery. We have no hesitation in highly recommending the skills and service of Gardens and Plants and we would certainly ask Jan and Howard to come back another time.
James, Milton Keynes
Jan and Howard were enormously helpful and inspirational. The ideas they came up with transformed our property. Jan’s knowledge of horticulture and Howard’s are experience in construction are second to none. I would not hesitate in recommending Gardens and Plants for your project however large or small.
Andy and Sonia, Harpenden
Jan is our Garden Angel, we have always skirted around over the years never achieving what we’ve really wanted in a garden. We moved into our current home a few years ago and did the patio and decking but the planting was the biggest problem – as always. Happy to invest in plants but absolutely no idea what would work. Jan has been just brilliant, listening to our fears and concerns and helping, advising, encouraging us on what to do to achieve our goals. Jan is a genuinely lovely friendly lady and gave us the confidence to take the plunge and OMG it’s paid off and we have been delighted with the outcome. We still have a bit more to do this year with Jan and Howard’s help but we have a garden that looked beautiful last year and will be even better this year. The plants and colour we currently have are great and have in turn attracted the butterflies and bees tenfold. Jan and Howard really know their stuff! We regularly visit Whipsnade, when Jan said they lived there we knew straight away which house was theirs as the gardens and grounds (and cottage) are beautiful we knew instantly it must be theirs. We have no hesitation in recommending Jan and Howard for their knowledge, design skills and plant expertise. What is nice is that we feel like we have known them for years and they will continue to be our go to garden guru’s. It’s all about the ‘odd’ numbers – right Jan
Andy and Jane, Milton Keynes
We were fortunate to meet with Jan and her husband when we were looking to fill the space left by trees that had died. They could not have been more helpful and guided us through the options after asking some pertinent and relevant questions to ascertain our specific needs. We chose the tress that we wanted and they managed the purchase, delivery and installation for us. A lovely couple who we count ourselves lucky to have had dealings with them.
Lawrence and Rosina, Dunstable
Howard and Jan produced some wonderful work on our garden.
We had some work done previously but it didn’t capture what we wanted. That’s when we asked Howard and Jan if they could help us create what we had in mind. After consultation, not only did they completely grasp what we thought our garden could look like, but they took it to another level. Their knowledge and experience opened up new possibilities to us. The results were brilliant. We now have a garden that has so many different facets and is constantly evolving throughout the seasons. We are so happy with the results and can highly recommend them. Really good people too!
Louis and George, Whipsnade
Jan and Howard are very good at listening and bringing forward ideas that match both the look and feel desired. Its nice to see a real passion and knowledge of the land and plants which is clear in their work as nothing but the highest standard is provided. A Perfect balance of colour, shape and structure makes everything come together and look fabulous,. without a doubt I would recommend their services.
Tom, Milton Keynes
We’re so pleased with our new garden and wish we’d made the changes years ago.
Firstly, I really wanted someone who knows about plants and not just someone who does decking, patios and paths. Jan was the third garden designer I’d contacted. We clicked immediately and it has been a pleasure working together.
She spent a good hour finding out what we liked and disliked about our garden and what we wanted to achieve. After taking measurements, Jan and Howard sent a couple of design ideas which we discussed over Skype, making a few modifications. We hadn’t known how to address the issues we were dealing with but Jan and Howard came up with a great solution.
Communication was excellent and Jan made sure everything came within our budget and that we had a logical work plan. When it came to making decisions, Jan always understood the need to choose what was right for us. At one point, we visited a tree nursery and spent a couple of hours considering various options. We’re thrilled with our Acer and we’d never have found it in a garden centre. During the course of our garden makeover, I’ve learnt a lot about plants, planting, soils and aftercare and am looking forward to making further improvements to the rest of the garden with Jan’s help and advice.
Jenny and Roger, Leighton Buzzard
Jan came and helped me with my fairly exposed coastal garden. She listened carefully and took great care in explaining everything. I would have no hesitation to work with Jan again and have recommended her to friends. She is such a friendly person and knows her stuff!
Jen and Peter, Portsmouth.