Testimonials

Lesley and Deborah who run Saint De La Mare have totally transformed our completely empty garden into a beautifully designed, stunning and easy to manage garden.  During initial discussions we talked through various options regarding planting for the new border areas as well as trees we would need for a native hedge that would act as screening.  They then provided us with detailed plans and suggestions for our consideration.  We found it extremely helpful to have pictures of all the recommended plants as well.

 

Lesley and Deborah undertook the purchasing and planting for us, and the final result is truly amazing!

 

We would not hesitate to recommend Saint De La Mare as they are extremely knowledgeable, very friendly and are always very happy to help in whatever way they can to make sure you have the garden that you wished for.

 

Sandy Hull & Peter Smith

 

Lesley and Deborah of Saint De La Mare Ltd were recommended to me by Coolings Garden Centre and from my first meeting with them
I was confident that they would design and plan the garden I was hoping for.  I was not disappointed, for now I have a garden which is even more beautiful than I ever dreamt it would be.

My original garden had many problems, including a steep laurel planted bank and conifer hedging along the sides, not to mention a difficult access route up steps from the road, but Lesley and Deborah’s expertise provided landscape contractors who were able to cope with this. All I had to do was supply many cups of tea!

I was hoping to achieve a manageable garden which would provide colour and interest throughout the year. More...

Doreen Green, Eynsford Kent (2018)
 

Lesley and Deborah who run Saint De La Mare have totally transformed our completely empty garden into a beautifully designed, stunning and easy to manage garden.  During initial discussions we talked through various options regarding planting for the new border areas as well as trees we would need for a native hedge that would act as screening.  They then provided us with detailed plans and suggestions for our consideration.  We found it extremely helpful to have pictures of all the recommended plants as well.

 

Lesley and Deborah undertook the purchasing and planting for us, and the final result is truly amazing!

 

We would not hesitate to recommend Saint De La Mare as they are extremely knowledgeable, very friendly and are always very happy to help in whatever way they can to make sure you have the garden that you wished for.

 

Sandy Hull & Peter Smith, Kemsing Kent

 

We first met Lesley De La Mare at French Street Nurseries where she worked and where she had designed the planting and hard landscaping for their new show garden. We were very impressed by the development of the garden over the following 3 years and it gave us inspiration to have parts of our own already established garden re-designed. We asked for Lesley’s help.

 

Lesley and Deborah came to see us and photographed and surveyed in detail the areas which were to be altered.  These areas involved north, south and west facing borders in dry shade, partial shade and also full sun.  They discussed with us what would be feasible and took note of our plant and colour preferences which  possibly could be included in their design. They also suggested ideas as to how hard landscaping could also be incorporated in their plans. They then submitted excellent detailed designs. More....

 

Ruth & John Smith, Oxted Surrey

We have been asked if we would supply a reference for the above following extensive work they carried out in our garden earlier this year. 

We have no hesitation in complying with their request. In terms of plant identification, design & layout, physical labour and budgeting

control their work was exemplorary.

 

In addition they were agreeable & a flexible team to work with. We would be happy to amplify on the above if desired.

 

Duncan & Beverley Ferguson, Oxted Surrey

From the outset, Lesley and Deborah were highly professional, efficient and an absolute joy to work with. We approached them with very little idea about what to do with the small patch of wasteland that was our SW London garden, but they listened to our vague thoughts and put together a highly original and creative garden design that fell well within our budget. When we had agreed to go ahead with the project, they worked quickly and kept us informed with daily progress reports. The end result was even better than we could have imagined: not only have they made a small space seem far bigger, they have given us the low-maintenance, user-friendly (and very attractive) garden that we hoped for.

 

Their aftercare service has also been fantastic, providing advice on upkeep and revisiting the site to check how the plants have bedded in.

 

Yours Faithfully

Catherine Woods, Balham

 

We had been considering a major garden overhaul for some time - the garden was previously targeted at boys and football, and had a couple of small flower beds but was essentially laid to grass. We had a designer in whose ideas and pricing was not even vaguely in line with our thinking, but luckily a visit to Coolings resulted in a recommendation to try Saint De La Mare.

 

We had a few ideas - all year colour, a summer house with patio, possibly building on the design theme of the existing patio

which we had built 15 years before, much less grass !  More...

 

Mayassa Reip, Chipstead Kent

 

After a visit to Coolings garden centre I booked an initial consultation with Saint De La Mare and Lesley and Deborah arranged to come and visit the garden.  They were enthusiastic and full of ideas for planting around the garden; they noted what was already planted and the numerous plants and trees I had already purchased waiting for planting.  They gave advice on planting ideas to provide colour through the seasons and  to link planting around the garden.  More...

Sue Taylor, Chislehurst Kent (2018)