Nature provides plenty of inspiration and develops a 'Sense of Place' to the designed garden. Every landscapes communicates a subtle, hidden narrative formed from a combination of the underlying geology which is then sculpted by weathering and erosion.

Plants generally find ways to grow happily in most situations and form diverse communities that require no human intervention. Our work replicates these ideas into gardens creating spaces that connect people back to the wild.

Local inspiration

    The landscape in the South (Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Hampshire) is formed from three sedimentary rock types. The Weald Clay (which is the oldest), Lower Greensand and Chalk (most recent) which were laid at different periods in geological time and in very different climatic conditions. The layers of rock were eventually uplifted during the collision that created the Alps, forming a highland area over Mid Sussex (roughly 2km above current sea level). 

    Erosion over the past 70 million years has since sculpted the land into the distinctive profile of the North and South Downs. The denudation of the land gradually exposed the Lower Greensand and Weald Clay and explains the varied flora across the southern counties. This region supports beautiful chalk meadows seen along the South Downs to heathland found in the High Weald. Plenty of inspiration to draw upon when designing gardens!


    modern landscape + garden design
    inspired by nature.

    Nicholas Dexter Studio
    55 Canning Street
    Brighton. BN2 0EF