Julian and Isabel Bannerman have been designing gardens and garden buildings together since 1983. They strive to create places which work for living in. Their response to a given site is founded upon observation of what they find, trying to see a different level, informed by a lifetime of fascination with the natural world and the history of human intervention in that world. Not only passionate about plants and gardens, but also built structures and the wider landscape, be it urban or suburban, agricultural, wetland or woodland, they try to use the simplest and most familiar materials. They have won awards and competitions such as the one to design British Memorial Garden to 9/11 in New York; RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal; Civic Trust; Europa Nostra; Georgian Group; Christies Garden of the Year. But the greatest reward is that the gardens are loved and lived in.
The Bannermans’ work to date is catalogued in Landscape of Dreams (Pimpernel Press, 2015, Sunday Times Gardening Book of the Year), and Isabel has subsequently written and illustrated Scent Magic (Pimpernel Press, 2016, Sunday Times Gardening Book of the Year) and The Star-Nosed Mole (Pimpernel Press, 2019).
Isabel began making botanical images in 2003. Initially a record of the plants and flowers she grew in her own garden – a contemporary take on traditional botanical illustration – this practice broadened into a more experimental approach, exploring the character of plants, how they bloom, degrade and decay. A selection of these works are available as limited edition prints in the print shop.