Frederic Whyte

Frederic graduated with a Diploma in Garden Design from the English Gardening School in 2009. His first commissions were in Umbria, Lazio and Tuscany. He returned to London in 2011 to work with clients across the UK and on his first RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden. In 2012 he was awarded a Gold Medal with his second RHS Chelsea garden.

Garden design is a second career for Frederic. His background in teaching and researching English Literature (to Ph.D. level) provide him with a rich background of cultural source material from which to draw inspiration. In addition to designing them, he studies the history of gardens.

He has been commissioned, and is in the process of writing a book on members of the Bloomsbury Group and their gardens.

His life-long passion for the visual arts and extensive horticultural knowledge, help him create carefully-balanced, but always exciting studies in planting style, colour, texture and form that complement his elegant, formal garden layouts.

Frederic places his clients, their unique requirements and aesthetic preferences at the heart of the design process. He strives to create distinctive gardens that blend the very special identities of each person and place with whom and in which he engages.

He is committed to using his skills to promote the causes in which he believes. In 2014, he created a Summer Show Garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show for The Bounce Back Foundation, a London-based charity that retrains ex-offenders to start over. In 2015, he returned to RHS Hampton with a Historic Show Garden for Amnesty International, celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. The garden was awarded a Silver-Gilt medal.

In 2016, he worked with Pro Corda, a music and educational charity based at Leiston Abbey, in Suffolk to create ‘A Suffolk Retreat’, a small courtyard garden inspired by Suffolk arts and crafts at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The garden was awarded a Silver Medal.

Current commissions include the restoration and replanting of a turn of the century Italianate Garden, the landscaping of an 18th century rectory orginally laid out by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s grandson, a contemporary Italianate garden in Umbria and a holiday home in Elorado do Sul, Brazil.

Profile photograph by Alex Sarginson (www.alexsarginson.com)