Frederic Whyte

Frederic Whyte is a Suffolk-based landscape and garden designer.  In addition to working across East Anglia and London, he works across the UK and in Italy.

Frederic graduated with a Diploma in Garden Design from the prestigious 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 2013 he was awarded a Gold Medal with his second RHS Chelsea garden.  In 2015 he relocated to Suffolk where he established a design-focused practice.  This ensures the highest quality of concept work and client participation prior to the realisation of gardens in collaboration with highly-skilled landscaping professionals and craftsmen.

Garden design is a second career for Frederic. His background in teaching and Ph.D. research in English Literature provide him with a rich background of cultural source material from which to draw inspiration. In addition to designing, he studies the history of gardens.  His life-long interest in the visual arts and extensive horticultural knowledge, help him create carefully-balanced, but exciting studies in planting style, colour, texture and form to complement elegant, formal garden layouts.

Frederic places his clients, their unique requirements and aesthetic preferences at the heart of concept development.  With the help of regular meetings during the design process, he creates distinctive gardens that blend the very special identities of each person and place.

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.  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.

In collaboration with Centre for Mental Health, Frederic created his most personal show garden to date at the 2017 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.  ‘On the Edge’ explored the universal journey from depression to more positive spaces.  ‘On the Edge’ was the first show garden to deal with Mental Health issues at an RHS Show.

Current commissions include the rejuvenation of a turn of the century Italianate garden, the creation of an extensive Arts and Crafts garden in Walberswick, the landscaping of an 18th century rectory laid out by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s grandson, and gardens for the 2019 RHS show season.

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

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