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Chiltern Garden Design

A fully qualified, accredited and award winning garden designer with flair and creativity, coupled with experience and horticultural expertise, to help you make the most of your garden.

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Sam Proctor has been creating beautiful gardens for over a decade. Since leaving a City career in Marketing, she has honed her skills to a very high level, taking the Diploma in Garden Design at the prestigious London College of Garden Design, for which she was awarded a Distinction.

She then spent a further three years gaining a fully rounded working knowledge of garden design and installation at the highest level, working at an SGD registered practice, on a range of gardens large and small, and where attention to detail was taken to the next level. Since then she has been running Chiltern Garden Design as a flourishing design practice, focusing on the areas in and around the Chiltern Hills she loves.

As a fully accredited Member of the Society of Garden Designers and the Association of Professional Landscapers (Garden Designer Member) she represents and promotes the highest standards in garden design.

Her passion is creating gardens to suit the needs and lifestyle of her clients, never imposing a one-size fits all solution, but finding a style and scheme to fit the complex needs of busy people.

In 2024 she made her debut show garden, at the world famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show, for which she was awarded a Bronze Medal.

Accessible Gardens

Design only (Designer)

Domestic & Commercial


Soft Landscaping

Entertaining Garden Amersham

Chiltern Garden Design was asked to redesign both the front and rear gardens at this large Arts and Crafts Style house in Amersham, which had already been extended with two sets of bi-fold doors opening out onto the garden, creating a very contemporary feel in contrast with the original traditionally styled frontage.

  • Budget170K
  • DateSpring 2021
  • LocationChesham Bois, Amersham
Dining Terrace
Pergola outdoor kitchen deck
Naturalistic Planting
Fire Terrace

Little Chalfont Family Garden

Transforming a blank canvas into a welcoming space to spend time in outdoors and with the family.

  • Budget170K
  • DateSpring 2022
  • LocationLittle Chalfont, Buckinghamshire
Front garden - contemporary parterre
Front gates and walling
Rear garden overview
Sunken Seating Area
Sunken lounging area

Hazlemere Garden

A small garden design that incorporates space for relaxation in dappled sun and shade and space for growing cut flowers as well as floriferous borders and an elegant Victorian style brick base greenhouse for a couple who love pottering in their garden.

  • Budget45K
  • DateSpring 2022
  • LocationHazlemere, Buckinghamshire
View of greenhouse and pergola
Shady seating area
Cutting Garden
View from living room
Dining area

Small Garden Design – New Build Property

This garden of a new build property near Guildford in Surrey was a blank canvas, featuring only a meagre patio, fencing and lawn.

Chiltern Garden Design created a beautiful design that works perfectly for the owner, which was shortlisted for a design award in 2023.

  • Budget20K
  • Date2021
  • LocationSurrey
Covered seating area
Raised planting beds and seating area
Patio and seating for client and friends
Front garden transformation

Bedfordshire Hillside Garden

This house sits on a large, sloping plot, in a village on the edge of the Chiltern Hills in Bedfordshire, with stunning views from the highest points in the garden.

  • Budget100K
  • DateSummer 2022
  • LocationBedfordshire
Naturalistic planting
Entertaining into the evening with garden lighting
Naturalistic planting
Naturalistic planting
Raised fishpond with fountain

What our customers are saying

We approached Sam at Chiltern Garden Design to help us completely rethink the garden we had inherited when we bought our property in 2020. The space was a blank canvas and needed real creativity and careful thought to turn it into an interesting and attractive space to entertain, play outdoors and enjoy for our family. Right from first contact Sam was an absolute joy to work with. She was attentive and thorough in understanding our vision for the garden and the creativity she applied to the design was fabulous. She incorporated our ideas but built on them and took them in directions we never would have considered. Incredible attention to detail and a deep understanding of everything to do with plants and gardens, lighting and materials, all came together to produce a wonderful design. Sam then guided us step by step through interviewing and selecting a landscaping firm to construct the garden and was hugely hands on throughout the build process, helping us chose materials, solve problems and navigate what is a complex and lengthy process. She is always available for questions and concerns, and we really felt like she was there to help at every step of the journey, not just the design phase. Her love of plants and incredible knowledge continue to prove invaluable now that the garden is installed and we are very happy in the knowledge that she will continue to guide us as the garden matures. We have hugely enjoyed working with Sam and are looking forward to continuing to do so. The garden is fabulous, far better than we could have hoped. We are very lucky to have found Sam and would not hesitate to recommend Chiltern Garden Design to anyone looking for the very best they can achieve for their garden.

N. Riddle, Little Chalfont

We thoroughly enjoyed the whole process of working with Sam to imagine, design, build and plant our beautiful new garden. Sam is a talented designer, who took time to really understand our needs and ideas, and to come up with a design that has exceeded our expectations. Sam is always helpful, professional and approachable. She stayed engaged and proactive through the whole process, including working well with our landscapers to ensure the build was delivered to plan. Ours is a relatively small garden but Sam treated the project with the same attention and professionalism that she would for a large commission. I cannot recommend Chiltern Garden Design highly enough.

J Allen, Hazlemere

‘From beginning to end Sam listened to what I was looking for, completely revamping my very small garden. She supplied ideas, mood boards, sketches, comprehensively detailed planting schemes and generally supported by email and video calls as well as phone calls. I decided to set out and plant myself but she came the following spring to have a look and give me further advice. She even researched a company that could fit an electric awning in a tricky place! It is very nice to work with an individual who ‘knows her stuff’ and works for herself. I wish her every success and would thoroughly recommend her.’

R. Mitchell, Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire

“Sam has done an amazing job for us, from initial consultation, through to garden design and finally the finished garden is just fabulous”

L. Mackenzie, Chesham Bois

Sam designed a beautiful garden for our family. The flowers bring new colours with the seasons and it is a real delight to see the changes over time and enjoy our family garden. Sam is professional on every level and has a strong design eye, translating client requirements into a garden design vision which does not disappoint. Five stars.

Pamela Brown, Winchmore Hill, Buckinghamshire

Sam supported us in a Garden Room and Garden redesign project in 2022. We envisaged knocking down a derelict garage and making use of the space to position a Garden room and open entertaining area at the bottom of our garden to make the most of the view. Sam was instrumental in taking a vague idea and shaping it into a comprehensive design which not only was very imaginative but also extremely detailed and practical. Sam saw opportunities to make the most of the Garden and consistently provided sound advice on the types of product to integrate into the project to ensure longevity and quality of the build. Sam’s approach was to consult and be open to both a phased approach to the work but also to make amendments to the plan as we input our own views and ideas. Aside from quality of vision and pragmatism, Sam was always available to answer questions and make site visits. She spent time explaining the work involved, the options available and the pros and cons of various decisions along the way. Without a doubt, we would not have been able to envisage the final product without Sam’s experienced eye and creative mind to call upon. Always reliable, Sam would always deliver on a commitment and remain personally involved in the project from start to finish. We look forward to continuing to work with Sam as we continue to invest in the garden and develop it into the truly special place we can enjoy and share with friends and family for many years to come. We have no hesitation in recommending Sam and her work. She will bring creativity and reliable pragmatism to any project.

Antonia Hanlon, Seer Green, Buckinghamshire

We met Sam with a view to creating a garden that worked for us and blended in with our home and surroundings. Both our front and back gardens were bland, non descript and had no character. Sam very quickly offered us designs with everything and even more than we asked for. The exact detail involved in the numerous drawings and the entire process thereafter ensured that the contractor (who Sam sourced for us) has given us the highest standard of workmanship. The plants and trees are stunning and so quickly we have a garden in bloom, and every week, another pop of colour appears! We have no hesitation in recommending her. Trust her, she is a true professional.

Karen and Derek McManus, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire

Sam recommended design and planting to revamp my garden and add much needed spring colour, with many bulbs as well as border coverage - can't wait to see the full results in the spring next year! Sam and team were super knowledgeable and professional and we will continue to work together to keep our garden looking top-notch!

Julie , Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire

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