Frederic Whyte is an award-winning landscape and garden designer. Working across the UK, his portfolio also includes projects in Italy and most recently, Cape Town, South Africa. Frederic graduated with a Diploma in Garden Design from the English Gardening School in 2009. His first commissions were in Umbria and Tuscany. He returned to London in 2011 to work 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.
Following relocation to Suffolk in 2015, he established a design-focused practice. This ensures the highest quality of conceptual work, developed with the full participation of clients, 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 academic research in the humanities 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. These complement the elegant, formal garden layouts for which he is renowned. Frederic places his clients, their unique requirements and style preferences at the heart of the design process. He creates distinctive gardens that blend the very special identities of each person and place.
He uses his skills pro bono to promote the work of charities and causes. In 2014, he created a 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 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. It was the first show garden to deal with Mental Health issues at an RHS Show. Most recently, he designed a Show Garden for St Elizabeth Hospice, Ipswich to promote its work at The Suffolk Show 2019.
Current commissions include the rejuvenation of a turn of the century Italianate garden in Suffolk, 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 a garden for St Elizabeth Hospice, Ipswich. He has recently been commissioned to design two gardens in the Western Cape, South Africa.
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)