Sam Mercer – Garden Designer

“Most of all I enjoy helping clients develop their own ideas to create their perfect garden and delivering that reality to them. “

Growing up in rural France, Sam always loved the outdoors. During his school years, he excelled at art and one day dreamt of working in a creative industry. After studying an illustration degree at the University of Creative Arts, he crealised he could combine his passion for the outdoors with his creative ambitions.

With his practical building skills acquired with the help of his father, a creative mind and appreciation of good design he decided to pursue a career as a landscape gardener. And so Sam landed at Hambrooks, spending a couple of years on the tools learning the basics of the trade. Developing his skills and demonstrating his natural ability as a landscaper, he soon became a team leader. Then it wasn’t long before he was able to fulfill his long-term goal to become a garden designer. Here he could use both his practical and illustrating skills.

A good listener

Sam finds that his illustrating skills are particularly useful when visiting clients when he can quickly draw out a sketch. This proves invaluable to the client as it helps them to visualise their final garden. He says this is most useful when clients do not know what they want from a design.Many clients collect ideas from cuttings, television or neighbour’s gardens and want their own take on these ideas. A good listener with an open mind, Sam takes these ideas and makes them work in the context of the client’s garden. He consistently delights his clients with his ideas. This could be a combination of high quality hard landscaping and low maintenance borders. Or a more complex design that requires expert planning. Sam especially enjoys incorporating outdoor structures that give height and dimension to gardens.

In his leisure time, Sam likes to watch Grand Designs and gardening programmes, and he enjoys going to music festivals and camping. His favourite film of all time is the original ‘Italian Job’.