Thomas Hoblyn Suffolk Garden Design


Tom Hoblyn

Garden design is a second career for Thomas Hoblyn. He first trained in agriculture in order to take over the family farms in Cornwall. During his training he worked on many large farms in the West Country and therefore has a clear understanding of parkland, rural landscapes, woodland, shooting estates and agriculture.

However, a love of plants and nature took hold and, much to his family’s dismay, he decided to re-train in garden design at the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew; a three year course that focuses not only on garden design, but also on plant knowledge, arboriculture and park management. After graduating, Tom gained further experience by working for two eminent garden designers before setting up on his own in 2002.

Today, Thomas Hoblyn Garden Design has grown into a core team of five people as well as a reliable outsource of freelancers and specialists.

The Team

Daisy Parsons joined the company in 2014 having completed an MA in landscape architecture, and passed her Chartership exam this November. A new project requiring the restoration of an eighteenth century garden in accordance with contemporary needs makes full use of her background in archaeology and the history of religion.

Dorota Bak began working for Tom in the summer of 2017. She has an MEng in landscape architecture and has a wealth of experience working for both commercial and domestic clients on projects of all scales.

Romain Bardin joined the practice this year having completed an MSc in landscape architecture. His design work won him an award at the International Garden Festival of Chaumont-sur-Loire in 2014.

Kate Booty started managing the practice at the beginning of the year and works closely with the rest of the team to ensure that the business runs smoothly and that we exceed our quality management goals.

THGD regularly uses specialists for on site project management, structural engineering and developing complex constructions. Many projects require additional professional expertise and show garden experience ensures the very best in the business.

Tom Hoblyn

Garden design is a second career for Thomas Hoblyn. He first trained in agriculture in order to take over the family farms in Cornwall. During his training he worked on many large farms in the West Country and therefore has a clear understanding of parkland, rural landscapes, woodland, shooting estates and agriculture.

However, a love of plants and nature took hold and, much to his family’s dismay, he decided to re-train in garden design at the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew; a three year course that focuses not only on garden design, but also on plant knowledge, arboriculture and park management. After graduating, Tom gained further experience by working for two eminent garden designers before setting up on his own in 2002.

Today, Thomas Hoblyn Garden Design has grown into a core team of five people as well as a reliable outsource of freelancers and specialists.

THGD Team

Daisy Parsons joined the company in 2014 having completed an MA in landscape architecture, and passed her Chartership exam this November. A new project requiring the restoration of an eighteenth century garden in accordance with contemporary needs makes full use of her background in archaeology and the history of religion.

Dorota Bak began working for Tom in the summer of 2017. She has an MEng in landscape architecture and has a wealth of experience working for both commercial and domestic clients on projects of all scales.

Romain Bardin joined the practice this year having completed an MSc in landscape architecture. His design work won him an award at the International Garden Festival of Chaumont-sur-Loire in 2014.

Kate Booty started managing the practice at the beginning of the year and works closely with the rest of the team to ensure that the business runs smoothly and that we exceed our quality management goals.

THGD regularly uses specialist people for on site project management, structural engineering and developing complex constructions. Many projects require additional professional expertise and show garden experience ensures the very best in the business.


Thomas Hoblyn Today


Tom’s niche tends to be on the rural side of things, small and large estates and farms. His design is of a classical nature, respectful of the past yet practical for today’s needs. Land art has long been an interest for Tom and the rural landscapes make this a practical and elegant addition to the design.

It is exciting that people are still keen to take on these wonderful estates and make them work in a modern day environment; from discreetly putting a tennis court in the walled garden without upsetting the head gardener, to installing a swimming pool in the orangery.

Tom started off exhibiting at Hampton Court Flower Show in 2005 and has just completed his sixth show garden at Chelsea Flower Show; he holds three gold medals, three silver gilt medals and two silver medals, as well as the People’s Choice award.