Nick Burton is a garden consultant and designer who is based in Edinburgh, working on small and large projects within the city and further afield as required.
Nick combines his knowledge of garden construction and maintenance to create designs with the client that are both practical and aesthetic to the individual home.
Alternatively, you may simply want to rejuvenate or replant an area of your garden. In this case Nick will draw on his years of experience in garden restoration to help revitalise your garden.
Whether you want a formal, informal, historic or contemporary garden Nick will work alongside you to design a garden that meets your needs and that of your home.
I was asked by the client to design a planting scheme for their empty borders in this exposed East Lothian garden. Using a mixture of tough shrubs, roses, perennials and grasses this garden has established well and provides seasonal interest all year.
Another exposed farmhouse garden in the borders. The owners wanted to bring planting nearer to the house. These photos were taken six months after planting. Once again the planting has been designed to give a succession of colour and interest.
The brief for this garden was to remove the lawn. This was done by introducing sandstone sets and gravel, with borders planted for year-round interest.
This is another Edinburgh garden where the clients have a young family. My brief was to design a garden that was simple to look after, allows space for the children and dog and has year round seasonal interest.
This rural garden was designed in 2009. Previously there was a concrete stable yard. This was excavated and replaced with a sunken garden paved with sawn York stone and herringbone brick path.
A scree garden surrounds this and stretches out to the wider landscape.
Since this garden was built I have been overseeing the gardens development as a garden consultant.
This large rural garden was designed by Arne Maynard. I worked with the owners to help project-manage construction and in particular I designed and sourced all the planting for the borders. Since the garden was built I have returned as a garden consultant to keep an overview on this garden's development.
Before I designed this front garden in Wimbledon it was just a parched piece of lawn. By removing the lawn and putting down gravel a scree garden was created that copes well with the heat and sun it is exposed to.
Nick Burton was raised in West Sussex where he started gardening at a young age. This life long passion stemmed from buying a Spider plant at his school fete aged seven.
Nick took a keen interest in helping to look after his parents garden and ultimately lead to him studying Amenity Horticulture at Writtle College, Essex.
After successfully completing college Nick secured his first Head Gardener role at Painshill Park, Cobham, and became an active part of the team restoring this 18th century landscape park.
Keen to take on more responsibility and increase his plant knowledge, in 1995, he took up the position of Head Gardener to Rosemary Verey at her garden at Barnsley House.
Nick worked alongside Mrs Verey maintaining the much visited gardens and helped her on many of her garden design projects. After leaving Barnsley House Nick became Head Gardener at Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire. This 18th century house had early 20th century gardens laid out by Nancy Lancaster. The gardens had fallen into disrepair and so Nick and his team of gardeners were charged with the task of rejuvenating the gardens. This was the perfect project for Nick to use his knowledge of garden history and garden design jointly in the same project. Notably Nick and his team restored the many large herbaceous borders and recreated a large cut flower garden within the Walled Garden.
The restoration received media interest with an article in Gardens Illustrated and pieces on BBC2 Gardener’s World and BBC Radio 4. In 2004 Nick moved to Herefordshire where he started working as a garden consultant and designer. He has also been working with one of the country's leading landscape contractors helping to plant up large and smaller scale landscape projects. This has meant working for some of the country's top designers. Nick has also helped build several main show gardens at the Chelsea and Hampton Court Flowers Shows.
Nick now lives in Edinburgh where he works in and around the city and still works south of the border.