Profile

Brown Earth was set up in 2002 by Claire Reading (PSGD Dip.) and is based in Perthshire, working throughout Scotland. Claire uses her natural eye for design and intuitive use of plants and materials to consistently produce the highest quality garden design work for a variety of clients. Brown Earth Landscapes is proud of its fresh, innovative and elegant approach to garden design, making the most of the challenging climate to create gardens to enjoy all year round.

Claire has a wealth of experience from working on a Silver Medal winning garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2004 to creating the organic potager garden at The River Cafe in London and running Brown Earth as a busy garden design and build service in Edinburgh before moving to Perthshire with her family.

Great care is taken with each and every project ensuring a seamless service and, with a good base of contacts to draw from, that each project contract runs smoothly and efficiently. Claire’s huge enthusiasm for her subject is infectious and she strives to make the process wholly enjoyable from the start to finish of each project.

Our design philosophy focuses on a strong classical framework and includes a wide range of styles from contemporary urban spaces to large country gardens with a more traditional layout. Importantly, our gardens are recognised for their clean, strong architectural lines, lush and luxuriant planting, elegant styling and use of colour.

There is an emphasis on the intuitive use of plants and materials to create vibrant gardens with lifelong style and elegance. The inclusion of work by Scottish sculptors and artists as well as local plants and materials wherever possible is a core element in Brown Earth’s designs.

Years spent working as a garden designer in Edinburgh and before that in London mean that Claire is well practiced at maximising the possibilities of a small garden space. Equally, being based in Perthshire she is now regularly involved in planning larger gardens across Scotland.