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Anna Ribo Gardens

Garden design and advice with roots in plants


Planting and design


Garden advice and ideas


Design and restoration


What it's all about


It is good to be surrounded by plants. We have lived with and depended on plants for much longer than we have depended on offices and commuting. Plants can entice you into your garden to experience and enjoy the change of seasons. They provide stimuli in the form of scent and colour and the tactile sensation of rubbing a leaf, letting one's hand flow over wildflowers and picking a berry or a flower.

I want you to have a garden that you enjoy and feel comfortable in, whether it is a courtyard or a country house. 

Through creative planting, we can create areas with different views to enjoy your evening tipple, distinct areas each with their own atmosphere, make your garden sit comfortably in the landscape and find something for you to enjoy through the year.

Rather than having a set way of working, I work with clients to find a model suitable to them and their garden. In scale, my projects vary from one off visits to tackle a particular issue to planting of town courtyards and full on restoration and replanting of large country gardens. Some projects are one offs, some take place over several years. I also offer regular visits to  clients  who wish to undertake most of the planning themselves but feel they benefit from a fresh pair of eyes and advice on garden tasks and planting design.



I divide my time between creating and advising on gardens and teaching gardening and sketching, amongst other at Long Barn, Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson's first garden and the precursor to Sissinghurst where I worked as head gardener until recently.
My interest in horticulture started as a child when I grew up in the grounds of a slightly neglected Danish renaissance castle amongst the ‘ghosts’ of Victorian glasshouses, topiary and magnificent borders with the old gardener (and his antique tractor) as a grumpy, knowledgeable friend.

I studied Fine Arts in Denmark, sharpening my sense of colour, shapes and instinct for making planting work visually. After living in London I re found my roots and  was lucky enough to be offered to retrain  under the WRAGS scheme on a beautiful, private Sussex estate. I am Royal Horticultural Society qualified at Hever Castle and have studied the arts and crafts of gardening at Great Dixter.

Most importantly, I have created gardens for nearly a decade and thoroughly enjoy teasing out exactly what my clients want from their garden and finding a creative way of realising it. It gives me much joy that most come back to continue developing their gardens with me.

Based in Tunbridge Wells, I make gardens in East Sussex, West Kent and surrounding areas as well as offering freelance  planting advice to other professionals.

For garden and drawing courses at Long Barn, please visit 


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