James Alexander Sinclair
James Alexander Sinclair is a garden designer, journalist and broadcaster known for his wit, energy and flair. He mostly specialises in designing large country gardens which he then brings to life on the page with his irreverent and entertaining style in a number of newspapers and journals.
He has monthly columns in both Gardeners World Magazine and The English Garden and he has won the Garden Media Guild Blog of the Year Award for two years in succession. At Cottesbrooke he designed the Terrace Borders.
Every so often he appears on television: in particular the BBC coverage of both Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows, Small Town Gardens and for Channel 4 on the Great Garden Challenge. James was shortlisted for Best New Talent by the Royal Television Society Midlands Award of 2004.
He is a popular gardening celebrity giving talks and seminars at regional and national garden shows including the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Show and the Malvern Spring Show.
For more details, please visit James’ website
Angela Collins has been designing gardens for the last 15 years and has worked on nearly a hundred projects in all types of different gardens, mainly large country gardens. She specialises in planting pots and has done so at Cottesbrooke and these can be viewed during the summer months. She also designed the Herb garden and Dutch garden.
Dame Sylvia Crowe
English garden designer, landscape architect and author.
Her first words from her book Garden Design 1958 are ‘Gardens are the link between men and the world in which they live’. This book remains of great value, in which she explores this fundamental theme.
Her beautifully proportioned shelter in the pool garden looks over a shallow terrace, through what are known as the Dog Gates into the wilder edges of the formal gardens.
She was president of the landscape institute from 1957 to 1959 and helped found the International Federation of Landscape Architects.
She worked on landscaping new towns at Basildon and at Harlow with Sir Frank Gibbard, and was also credited with landscaping the setting at Trawsfynydd nuclear power station in Snowdonia.
Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe
He was commissioned by the late Catherine Macdonald-Buchanan soon after her arrival at Cottesbrooke. An English landscape architect, garden designer and author, with very eclectic tastes. Recognised as the leading figure of his profession in England throughout much of the 20th century.
He trained as an architect at the Architectural Association School and became increasingly interested in Italian Renaissance gardens, the subject on which his first book was published.
This influence gave many of his early designs formal layouts with strong axes, which can be clearly seen in the Forecourt at Cottesbrooke. The additions of statues, and later verticals of the new herbaceous planting adds baroque character of which we hope he would have approved.
Arne Maynard is an award-winning garden designer with an impressive catalogue of high profile gardens and clients to his name. His love of gardening, coupled with an unstinting passion for design, has earned him a worldwide reputation for quality and style.
Arne specialises in large country gardens, both in the UK and overseas, creating modern and contemporary spaces using traditional ideas and inspiration.
Central to Arne Maynard’s work as a garden designer is his ability to identify and draw out the essence of a place, something that gives his gardens a particular quality of harmony and belonging.
He has a holistic approach to design and believes that to succeed, a garden must relate and respond to its surrounding landscape, its history and to the buildings within and around its confines, as well as to the needs of its owners. For more details, please visit Arne’s website