IMG_2755Emma Scarborough

Garden Designer | Plantswoman | Lecturer


Since setting up my practice Emma Scarborough Garden Design Ltd in 2000, I have designed over 80 classic and contemporary gardens and planting schemes for private clients ranging from large country gardens through to intimate, stylish courtyards. I work predominantly across Rutland, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire.

I take inspiration from my love of natural materials and wild landscapes and combine this with a passion for design excellence to plan and create gardens that have a strong underlying structure combined with a naturalistic approach to planting,

In addition to running my own practice I have been Course Tutor and Senior Lecturer in Garden & Planting Design at the leading land-based college in the East Midlands. I always aim to inspire my students with my enthusiasm, passion and knowledge of plants and design. I have taught on Foundation degree, BTEC & RHS programmes and have mentored many students over the years to achieve RHS medals for their gardens including 3 RHS Gold Medals, 1 RHS Silver Gilt & a RHS Silver medal. I am co-founder of Botanica Garden School a specialist provider running garden design and gardening courses at venues across Rutland and Leicestershire

I also work with the charity, Love Support Unite where I help to teach young girls at an orphanage in Malawi to grow their own nutritious food. In October 2015 I flew out to to help plan and build a new permaculture garden at the orphanage and a community school.


This year I gave up half of my garden to growing my own organic food and cut flowers. I am passionate about sustainable gardening and encouraging nature and biodiversity into my plot. Despite the destructive efforts of my bantams this years produce has supplied the necessary fodder to fuel my love of cooking and the cut flower garden has filled kitchen with beautiful blooms.