Matt Haddon Gardens -Yorkshire’s award-winning garden design studio, transforming gardens across the UK


Matt Haddon Gardens is a garden design company that thrives when collaborating with homeowners, architects, or landscapers to design inspirational and contemplative spaces.


Founder Matt Haddon is an experienced, award-winning landscape and garden designer and a full member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture. He has written frequently on garden and landscape design for the Garden Design Journal, and also on wider horticultural matters, for example in the RHS’s The Garden magazine.


Matt brings an eclectic range of experience to the design practice. With an MA in Medieval Studies (having specialised in Anglo-Saxon and Viking art), Matt also wielded a chainsaw as a tree surgeon for a period in his twenties. He has a lifelong interest in ecology and ornithology and also worked as a manager for a blue-chip insurance company for ten years.

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Garden designer Matt Haddon

“I am a keen plantsman, with a particular love of trees. My time is spent immersed in gardens – designing them, writing about them, visiting them and, when I get a moment, enjoying them (usually with my eyes shut, listening to the bees buzzing and to birdsong).”


Matt Haddon, Principal and Managing Director

Our design approach

Garden design


Our overall garden design philosophy is strongly influenced by classic landscape design, both the English landscape gardening traditions and those found in the Orient, but with a distinctly modern aesthetic.


This approach allows us to create places for quiet contemplation and that have their elegant simplicity underlined by careful specification of planting, materials and detailing.


Large gardens


Much of our work is within larger gardens, often in rural or semi-rural settings. Often our clients will want to maximise their use of space, opening up or reinvigorating previously neglected areas. Usually there is a demanding budget to meet too.


Our planting and garden designs deliver a wow factor, creating spaces that sit comfortably within their natural surroundings, and which balance open areas with feelings of intimacy.


Planning conditions


Many of the garden design projects we undertake need to sit alongside listed buildings or within conservation areas. For this reason, we avoid any preconceived ideas of how your garden should look. Instead, we adopt a sympathetic approach, delivering coherent and complementary garden designs that meet your needs and satisfy planning requirements.

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