Garden Designers Watford

Watford's Garden Design Experts

Our Award-Winning garden designs ensure that you achieve the outdoor space of your dreams. We’re proud to have worked with numerous clients in Watford and surrounding areas, designing and installing gardens of all shapes, size, and budget over the past 40 years.

Following our in-depth initial consultation, our experienced and passionate team will work tirelessly to ensure you get the most out of your garden, turning it into the outdoor space you’ve always dreamed of.

Trusted & Award Winning Design Services

Garden Design & Installation Services in Watford

We offer a comprehensive and fully bespoke garden design service. So whether you require a design for your new house, a cottage that’s in need of some TLC, or a large property spanning hundreds of acres, we’ve been lucky enough to help a range of clients achieve the garden of their dreams. 

Our garden design and install services cover Watford, as well as wider Hertfordshire. Over the last few years, we’ve delivered projects in;

  • Nancy Downs
  • Aldenham
  • Letchmore Heath
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Our Garden Design Process

From your initial booking, through to our consultation process and 3D garden design. The Garden Project Co. are with you every step of the way.

Garden Design Package

Purchase your Dream Garden Today
£ 1897
  • 1-2 Hour In-Person Consultation
  • 20-30 High-Res Still Photo's of Your Garden
  • 2-3 Minute Video Showing Day & Night Visuals
  • Personalised Showroom Visit For Up To 3 Revisions (Refreshments Included)
  • Proposal Presentation Including Detailed Breakdown

Our Latest Testimonials & Customer Feedback

Sue Harris
Sue Harris
21 October 2023
We are so proud of our new garden. Chris gave us the confidence to leave it to the 'professionals.' Regular site visits from Toby meant we always felt part of the process. The whole operation was very slick, right from the initial design proposal to the final finishing touches. We sensed a genuine enthusiasm for the project that filtered down to the lads on the tools, whose passion and attention to detail was commendable. Many thanks to Aaron, Louis, Kieran and Luke. We are looking forward to finally enjoying our garden and literally watching it grow.
Janet Carter
Janet Carter
14 September 2023
Oakham Gardens have been exceptional. We first contacted them in June 2022 just before we moved to Lavendon. As we were moving to a new house we had a blank canvas as our back garden. But having moved from a house with a considerable view, this new house had challenge as we had now view only of a very high red bricked retaining wall. Chris Howkins (co-owner) went away and drew up his initial ideas. I was then invited to a demonstration at their offices, which included detailed drawings and CGI's. What I saw blew me away. After a few changes they started work to suite our timescale on the back retaining wall first shortly after Christmas and were happy to delay the remaining works (at my request due to an extension we were building) until June 2023. Due to splitting up this project into two distinct halves we had two different Oakham Garden Teams. Team 1 was Led by Daley supported by Lewis and Will. They leveled the garden and constructed a large retaining wall. This was in January when they worked through some tremendous storms without so much as one complaint. Team 2 was led by Dan supported by Adam and Nick. They created the different patio and artificial grass areas. This second half of the project was completed in June and they worked through the heatwave we had. All of them were conscientious, hardworking, respectful and a joy to have around. I really cant thank all of them enough. Photos of before and after can also be seen below.
Rosemarie Duke
Rosemarie Duke
12 August 2023
We ABSOLUTELY LOVE our award winning garden which is admired by everyone - and it’s all due to the dedication, commitment and skill of the Oakham Garden Services Team. Chris’s amazing and challenging design was turned into reality by the hardworking and always polite groundwork team under Will’s expert leadership. Toby’s (Contract Manager) considerable organizational skills pulled everything together. From conception to completion our thanks goes to everyone who had a part in this work of art. If you are planning garden improvements or complete redesign as we did, you won’t do better than to choose Oakham Garden Services. Rosemarie and Tony Duke
Robert Ramsay
Robert Ramsay
11 July 2023
Thank you all at Oakham for transforming our garden from a large, soulless weed patch to something we are proud to share with friends and family and sit contentedly in when the sun is shining! Your professional approach and focus on quality was always very much appreciated
Meryl Newell
Meryl Newell
27 June 2023
I would recommend oakham Garden Services to anyone. From design to the finished garden all the team were helpfull patient skilled and professional . The garden is now a wonderful space to go out in. M Newell Irthlingbrough June 2023
Tim Jones
Tim Jones
1 June 2023
Very professional. The whole team were great from start to finish. The initial design was fantastic, within budget and beyond what I could have come up with. The finished garden looks exactly as designed. They were very accommodating to some changes along the way. Couldn’t be happier with service received and garden I now have. A+. 5 stars. 10/10.
29 April 2023
Oakham Garden Services have been the best trades company we’ve had. They’re very friendly and the landscapers showed up on time everyday and worked to high standard, even in the rain and snow! Very impressed with Lewis, Daley and Luke’s work. We did have others on the job at different times but they were all equally great. Chris’s design blew us away while Toby did a great job of managing the project. The company also has great communication and Ben made our life easy by replying promptly to any questions or concerns we had. Overall, an amazing company with great employees. Highly recommend!
Paul Gibbs
Paul Gibbs
23 April 2023
We used Oakham Garden Services for both garden design and installation. We have a garden that slopes in many directions, and several companies ran a mile when they saw it, but Chris came along and was excited to design something to make all areas usable while keeping maintenance low. However, it was Toby who made sure that the project ran smoothly, quickly sorted any issues and ensured everything was completed to a high standard. Detail and quality workmanship matter to Toby and he did whatever was necessary to give us the high-quality finish we desired and a garden we love. Every business needs a Toby!
Margaret Turner
Margaret Turner
13 March 2023
Oakham Garden Services are just amazing. Chris took my concept, listened to my requirements and developed the most incredible design, taking account of all the important details we had discussed. Then Ben and the installation team delivered everything exactly as set out in the plans. The quality of the work is fabulous (and I have to admit to being a perfectionist) and the landscape team were incredibly polite, personable and tidy. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Oakham Garden Services.
Liam Thompson
Liam Thompson
5 February 2023
Good service, standards, communication and friendly/trusted team. Great design.

The Garden Design & Install Process

From your first enquiry, through to our consultation process, 3D garden design and the install itself, we ensure that we’re with you every step of the way. You will even receive your very own dedicated Project Manager, along with all garden design projects being overseen by our Design Director, Operations Director and Contracts Manager.

We get to know you, your current garden, and have our first discussion around what you’re looking to achieve. We’ll begin to surmise what we can create with your garden space, its layout and any structural problems. Our garden designs are always fully bespoke, so we often have a solution to the most intricate of requirements.

Our designer, Chris, meets you at your home to discuss your aspirations, vision and ideas. Together, we work out a brief for the design of your new garden. Chris will then show you previous projects for inspiration, to help you truly determine your ‘must have’ aspects.

Typically, Chris likes to spend 1-2 hours making recommendations & suggestions and in this time, a comprehensive survey of the garden will be carried out, including measurements, gradients and soil samples. We leave nothing to chance.

You will be invited to our showroom to view your new garden design, shown as 3D renders with powerful videos and still imagery. This gives you an opportunity to really study your new garden and be taken through every aspect of your design, giving you the opportunity to tweak aspects now everything can be easily visualised.

We also show you exactly how said design will look in both daylight and at night, given your space has the ability to look completely different in the evening, when you’re enjoying a summer dinner outside. You’ll also be shown the exact materials that have been selected for your garden in our showroom, whilst enjoying a warm coffee or chilled beverage.

Once the design has been agreed and the instruction has been given for us to construct your new outdoor space, your project will then be handed over to our Operations Director, Toby and Contracts Manager, Aaron. Both will fully oversee and manage your project alongside our on-site Project Manager and their team until completion & sign off. You will be assigned your own highly experienced installation team, with most installations typically taking 4-6 weeks depending on the size of project and space.

Once the final inspection and approval process is complete, your designer will come out to toast your new garden with a glass of champagne. Plus, we will run through a range of before and after imagery, just so you can truly visualise your new outdoor-space.

After every install is complete, it’s important to us to present you with a care package for your new investment to ensure that it looks its very best in every season for years to come.

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Who Designs & Installs My Garden?

Who Will Design My Garden?

Our Design Director, Chris Howkins, is Chelsea Flower Show award-winning designer. Since 2007, Chris has been designing gorgeous gardens and outdoor spaces for an array of clients to enjoy. As a part of our consultation process, Chris takes your aspirations and the characteristics of your ‘dream garden’ to truly make it a reality.


Who Will Install My Garden?

No matter the size of your project, you can rest assured that our team will keep you in safe hands. Paired with our award-winning design team, a number of TGP team are award-winning garden installers and landscapers. All of the craftsmen that work on our projects are fully employed TGP team members, given we want each and every project to be completed as our own. Held to the high standards that we pride ourselves on, from design through to installation. We build gardens that last, so we leave nothing to chance. 

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Our Partners & Accreditations

With over 40 years’ experience in garden design and installation, The Garden Project Co. (TGP) are experts in delivering luxury landscaping projects. We’ve worked with a number of Watford based clients designing and delivering their dream outdoor spaces.