John Frater BSc(Hons), Dip GD
I set up Plantforms in January 2007. It is now a thriving design and consultancy business.
Initially I studied Ecological science and natural resource management at the University of Edinburgh. My degree was really enjoyable but a career in science was not for me. Horticulture and then the creative side - garden design - was more my thing. In time I came to appreciate that these two interests can be fruitfully combined. Initially my planting design was conventional. It was travelling in Germany and seeing their great experiments in a more ecologically informed horticulture that made me change my ways. My university training started to come in very handy indeed.
Landscape and garden design are the context for planting and this aspect of the business has grown in recent years to combine with the strictly planting side of things. It has been rewarding to actually design the spaces as well as filling them with plants. I am currently a pre-registered member of the society of garden designers. Designing whole gardens allows me to use further ecological principles to inform the creation of spaces that will support local ecosystems.
Healing gardens have become something that I do regularly now. Since I trained in garden design this has been an interest, making gardens that are integrated into healthcare settings to improve outcomes for patients, residents and staff.
I enjoy meeting new clients so if you are at all curious about what I do get in touch - I'm always happy to pop out and chat about your garden or landscape project.