We are a boutique garden design company based in North London offering advice on all aspects of your outdoor living areas. Our aim is to carefully consider all practical requirements of the site, capture your unique style and harmoniously integrate these elements into the surrounding environment, uniting the home and the garden.

Our Story

Emily grew up in Scotland and obtained a BA Hons in History and Art from Lancaster University before completing a Post Graduate course in Set and Costume Design at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She worked with inspirational actors, directors and designers around the UK, at the RSC and across Europe.

Having always had an interest in nature and gardening she decided to side-step into another field of design after creating her own urban courtyard in Highbury. Emily started working for an independent plant nursery and in 2001 she graduated with distinction from Duncan Heather's prestigious Oxford Collage of Garden Design.  For the next 5 years she worked for Duncan Heather’s Oxford based Design Practice gaining experience of designing both contemporary and traditional large country gardens as well urban spaces. Around this time she also set up her own Design Practice in London, Emily Black & Associates. In 2009 she joined the team at Modular Gardens in Islington as a Design Consultant. After an extended maternity leave to look after her 3 young children, she relaunched her Design Practice in Muswell Hill. Emily has designed and styled gardens throughout London and the South East, Yorkshire and Scotland.

“I can now offer our clients a wide range of services. Not everyone requires, or has the budget for, a complete re-design of their garden. Small details can make a huge difference and I can suggest how this might be achieved. Some clients want to rethink a specific area of the garden, or integrate a previously underdeveloped space because gardens need to evolve as families grow and requirements or personal taste change. However, I would always encourage clients to first consider the overall scheme and that often requires an objective eye and professional insight. It’s absolutely fine to approach any transformation in phases or introduce new elements to a previously designed garden but unity and cohesion are the key to a successful and rewarding garden.” EA