Our new gardens at Kensington Palaces were officially opened by HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh on the 15th March 2012.
'...the redesign of Kensington Gardens seems to me a model of respectful reinstatement and of imaginative innovation. The approach from the park has been cleared of cluttered vegetation. The palace has emerged in all its glory, and the new gardens are designed wonderfully to offset the main avenue. The whole quarter has been refreshed and repopulated. It is all a delight.'
Simon Jenkins, Chairman of the National Trust.
Gardener and historian Todd Longstaffe-Gowan takes on a range of projects in Britain and abroad, many with a conservation slant. 'My work reflects my interest in the dramatic and sculptural potential of landscape, and is imbued with whimsical, historical eclecticism', he says. 'I like to think that my gardens are intelligent as well as beautiful, as they are informed by my training as an architect, landscape architect, geographer and historian.'
Current projects range from the creation of a new mountain-top village in Taiwan to the redesign of the gardens at Kensington Palace for the Diamond Jubilee of HM The Queen in 2012. Todd is President of the London Parks and Gardens Trust and Gardens Advisor to Hampton Court Palace. He is also the author of several books including The Gardens and Parks at Hampton Court Palace (Frances Lincoln), The London Town Garden 1700-1840 (Yale University Press) and The London Square: Gardens in the Midst of Town (Yale University Press) - winner of the 2013 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize, given by the Foundation for Landscape Studies.