Robert Barker - Principal Designer
Robert Barker Garden and Landscape Design was founded on a passion for plants and nature as well as a life long 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. Robert has been part of a Gold Medaland People's Choice Award winning show garden team at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2011. In 2015 Robert was part of a Silver Gilt winning show garden team at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and has worked as a gardener for such names as Diarmuid Gavin, Matthew Biggs, Rae Wilkinson and Julie Toll. Robert studied Garden Design and Planting Design at the industry respected Capel Manor College.
In 2016 at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Robert was awarded a Gold Medalfor his first show garden entitled The Red Thread. The Red Thread was featured on the BBC, ITV and in the press and media.
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.
Robert is a modernist designer but he certainly is not a minimalist. For Robert, the design process is about bringing together his passion for plants, people, nature, his love for modern architecture and his understanding of how a design can work in harmony with its environment to create a timeless landscape.
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 (who she worked side by side with for a number of years). 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'.