Robert Barker - Principal Designer
Robert Barker Design was founded on a passion for plants and nature, as well as a lifelong love for design, music and art. After a career in music as a singer-songwriter, it wasn't until Robert started to design gardens that he really found his creative home.
Robert began his formal training in horticulture studying with the RHS at Capel Manor College, which then lead to being trained at the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew. In 2011 Robert was part of Diarmuid Gavin’s Gold Medal and People's Choice Award winning show garden team at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and has worked for a number of well known garden designers. Robert returned to the industry respected Capel Manor College in 2013 to study Garden Design and Planting Design. Robert writes a monthly column ‘Down To Earth’ for the Cambridgeshire regional award winning magazine Velvet.
In 2016 at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Robert was awarded a Gold Medal for his first show garden entitled The Red Thread.
In 2018 at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Robert was awarded a Silver Gilt Medal for his first Chelsea show garden entitled Skin Deep. The garden was critically acclaimed, and Robert and his garden featured heavily during the BBC coverage as well as featuring in the Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Harper's Bazaar, BBC Radio 2 and Talk Radio.
Danielle Ellam - Assistant Designer
After successful careers in customer service and retail Danielle followed her passion into the horticultural industry. Now with over twenty years of experience Danielle has an impressive CV from designing a number of high profile gardens to working as a design assistant for designers such as Julie Toll. Danielle has gained valuable experience working on a variety of projects including residential and commercial projects. These include Cambridge University gardens, historic and listed landscapes to residential and roof top gardens. Danielle has also been involved in numerous planning applications for a number of established architects.
Danielle has been part of a number of award winning show garden teams, recently being a key member of an RHS Gold Medal and Silver-Gilt Medal winning team for Robert Barker's 2016 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show garden 'The Red Thread' and 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden 'Skin Deep'.
A red Labradoodle and an important member of Robert Barker Design.
Features heavily on Robert’s Instagram posts