Meet The Team
Managing Partner and Designer
In 1994 working for a Canadian company in Mexico doing all aspects of drainage and irrigation, I fell in love with the concept of reshaping, enhancing and, most importantly, giving a piece of land enough influence to make it beautiful without ever pretending to know more than nature itself.
For over fifteen years now we have been creating and developing outstanding gardens, ranging in size and style, from small chic townhouse gardens, exhibition gardens, to large walled gardens and courtyards.
My approach to design differs from most other designers as I believe in a “hands on” and most importantly in a holistic and natural approach. Gardens are living, organic and ever-changing areas where the ability of a designer to effect real change can only happen with involvement throughout the entire garden making process.
Much of our work over the past decade has included the renovating and rejuvenating of old gardens and estates, creating new gardens within these old sites, which balance perfectly with what has gone before. We have also designed and installed more contemporary gardens to compliment a new house or in a smaller part of an old garden, we also have built several natural swimming pools.
As a company, we provide a full garden making service from consultancy, design and construction, to professional gardening aftercare and project management. A great design can only become reality if the landscaping is carried out efficiently and professionally.
Project manager and partner
Nature has enthralled and inspired me since I was a child, and I hope my work re-engages people with the power and joy nature brings.
I bring to the team a vast array of trades that I have picked up both in my professional life and my never ending hobbies.I have a keen eye to detail and drive Will up the wall with my constant need for better tools.
I started working with Will in 2009 in Ireland, we have since built beautiful gardens in Ireland, Switzerland, Spain and Scotland.
At green bee, no two jobs are the same, we build to satisfy a very demanding clientele and that keeps me on my toes. I am really looking forward to our Natural swimming Pool in California next winter. I am passionate about !sustainability and self-sufficiency.
In 2011 I married Nathalie, Will’s daughter.
Garden Design Illustrator
When Ruben and Will asked me if I could help them illustrate garden designs, They described an approach to garden design that I found I identified with. A vision was described to me of a garden that is wild but curated; a garden that has all the elements of wild and beautiful nature but is also sustainable, functional and liveable for the contemporary lifestyle. Within my creative work, I am interested in a tension between the expressive gestural mark and the descriptive mark, this is best described in the subject of a still life painting where an apple is clearly seen through expressive mark making. Within my garden illustrations, I began to think of these expressive and chaotic marks as nature and the descriptive marks with references to planting and arranging as the human element curating and designing the garden. For me the garden expresses a beautiful tension between wild wonderful nature and the selective creative human hand and mind. Nature is beautiful as it is, but within the garden it can be curated into a new form, as a painter might use expressive mark making, creating something that is more than the sum of its parts.
I was born in South Africa and lived there until I was ten. Following that we moved to a small and quaint countryside village called Owslebury in Hampshire in the UK. Finding that I had an interest in art and design, I pursued a BTEC level 3 Diploma in Art and Design at Fareham College, a BA in Drawing and a MA in Illustration (authorial practice) at Falmouth University. My wife and I decided to make the move to St. Andrews to be nearer to my family and because of the beautiful and inspiring location. I currently make my primary living working as an oil painter but am excited to be doing some part-time work with Green Bee Landscapes as well!
Since I was a child, I have always loved nature. In primary school, I loved looking after my
little strawberry plants and Tiger Lilies. My mother is a keen outdoors-woman, having studied
forestry at university, and I grew up being taught the names of the native plant species of the Pacific
Northwest of the US. We spent all of our holidays backpacking, hiking, and camping in the
mountains, forests, and coastlines of Oregon. As a child, I always thought I would end up working in
a nature-related career. However, life happened and I ended up working in administration. I have
grown to love and appreciate the benefits of admin work though, and I have found great pleasure in
the parts of my job that allow me to meet new people and help them to get the most out of their
experience with whatever business I’m working for. I also love to be able to bring order and
organization to a project and to help support the rest of the team so they can focus on other aspects
of their work.
When Will asked me to come work for Greenbee, it felt like the perfect combination of my
work experience and my love of nature. I am so excited to be able to support a landscaping business
that is centred on understanding and working with nature and not against it. I believe that our lives
as humans are enhanced when engaging with and living in close proximity to nature. I love that I can
be a part of helping people reshape and rethink their land and gardens in a way that will bring them
back into the relationship between the wildness of nature and the sustainability and functionality of