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Andy Bending Garden Design, Bristol Garden Designer, Planting design, award winning
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  • Planting Design and Edible Garden Design

  • Garden Consultation and Garden Management

  • Planting Projects - Soft Landscaping

Planting Design and Edible Garden Design

My planting designs often include native plants which benefit pollinating insects. It's not just the colour of flowers to help create a border. The shape, texture and colour of the whole plant combined helps with the compostion.

All our gardens are managed spaces which require a degree of planning. So when it comes to choosing the right plants for a colourful new border a planting design would be just the thing. Which plants would work best for the site, size and number required, colours, texture and shape, as well as successful planting combinations.

The design of your edible garden space is also important, choosing which plants are best for you and your garden site. Construction consideration for your garden, green walls and innovative planting solutions for small gardens. As well as layout of larger projects and functional planting schemes.



  • Planting Design and Edible Garden Design

  • Garden consultation and planning - finding the best use and layout of your garden

  • Construction drawings - cross-sectional plans detailing elements of the design which have specific construction requirements

  • Garden Design Proposals - changes to your garden with a written plan of action

  • Estimates to implement the design

  • Post-implementation garden care - your garden cared for once the design has been implemented to keep it looking great


Garden Consultations and Garden Management

  • Help to plan the development of your garden. Fresh ideas to improve your garden space, border creations, tree and shrub renovations, improving flow through the garden, tidies and improvements.

  • Creating garden management and maintenance plans, long-term and short-term garden development plans, ideal for larger gardens or if many stages of garden improvements are involved.

  • Creating designs for private individuals and commercial companies to develop gardens and planting spaces at work sites, introducing improvements in layout and planting styles or refreshing border planting to create beautiful spaces.

Garden Planting Projects - Soft Landscaping

  • Specialising in the planting up of a variety of garden projects

  • Borders in a newly landscaped garden, hedges for screening, planting for commercial sites, bulb planting for year round colour, indoor office plants, installing planters and selecting the right plants for exposed sites like on a roof garden, soft landscaping for herb and kitchen gardens, small trees for front gardens...

  • Finding the best quality plants for the job from a variety of plant nursery contacts, always from traceable growers, with high environmental and sustainable credentials. Using peat-free compost since 1999.

  • Taking the utmost care to establish plants in your garden. All planting work is undertaken by RHS qualified professionals

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About Andy Bending

Andy Bending BSc(Hons), Dip GD, Dip PD, has been designing gardens and creating since the early 2000s. Mainly in the UK, as well as working on gardens in Hawaii, Florida, Brazil and Australia.


Studying garden and planting design with Caroline Tatham at Cotswold Gardening School and with award winning designer, David Stevens FSGD.  Working alongside Tom Kendall in Queensland in 2008, learning practical permaculture. He has a BSc (Hons) in Landscape Management from the University of Reading.

In 2012, Andy set up Bristol Organic Gardening, with a chemical-free ethos at its core and created the Homegrown project, creating edible gardens for self-sufficiency and self-reliance.

In 2018, Andy designed and created a show garden at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival. The garden won a RHS Silver-Gilt medal and People's Choice and was featured on BBC Gardener's World presented by Adam Frost. The garden featured artwork by Bristol based artist and printmaker, Steph Renshaw.

Andy Bending Garden Designer, Planting designer. Edible gardens

Past and current projects include the design for gardens in Bristol, Oxford and Devon. Planning and developing a large garden in South Gloucestershire, advising on a woodland garden in Snowdonia, with creative 'sabre planting' to help grow a new generation of oak trees.

In Brazil, Andy worked with a school to design a therapy garden, to create a safe space for children to recieve counselling.

Designing and constructing several edible gardens in Bristol, using reclaimed materials and sustainably sourced British cedar wood.


The Salad Deck Show Garden, coverage of RHS Malvern Spring Festival on BBC Gardener's World, May 2018.

The Journal for the Society of Garden Designers, September 2018, Member Project - 'Malvern Magic'.

The Garden, RHS Members magazine, September 2018 - 'Take-Home Inspiration and Ideas'.

The Fishponds Voice, June 2018 - 'Garden designer wins at Malvern'

Bristol Life Magazine Issue 270. October 2019 - Meet the Garden Expert

Bristol Garden designer Andy Bending awarded RHS Silver-gilt for show garden at Malvern show RHS

Andy's show garden - The Salad Deck, RHS Malvern, 2018, won Silver-gilt award. Archway behind showing Steph Renshaw printmaker garden artwork

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