Testimonials

“We chose Karen because of her down to earth approach and open personality. She has a terrific eye for creating beautiful gardens with complementary colours and plantings. During our garden project she always went the extra mile to make sure that the planting and the design were on track. We enjoyed working with her. She has a terrific sense of humour, is very practical and yet brings a real sense of creativity and flair to all of her work. A true professional whom we recommend.”

Sarah – Brentford


“I recently employed Karen Holley of Holley Designs to come and overhaul the drab and uninspiring garden we inherited when moving into our new home. We met with Karen Initially and she talked us through an in depth consultation. This meant Karen had a very clear idea of what we were looking for and the types of things we would like to see in the finished product.

In our second meeting Karen showed us her designs and we instantly loved it. we make a few adjustments along the way, but Karen was able to give us a design that fulfilled all our initial criteria. We have a much larger patio for entertaining, a garden that is on one level and a clear path to our gym at the bottom of the garden.

Once the design was complete Karen helped with recommending contractors and getting quotes. This made the whole process straightforward for us as the customer. We are delighted with the finished product and can’t wait until next summer when the garden starts to mature and we can have our friends round for a party. If your garden needs a revamp or a total makeover then I highly recommend Holley Designs.

Thank you for all your help

Andy – Walton


“I wanted to say a huge thank you to you and the team for the wonderful work you do on my garden each month. I am not crazy about gardening but I do enjoy being in the garden and so knowing that all the big maintenance stuff, like weeding, edging, and mowing the lawn is being taken care of is a real weight off my mind and also means I sometimes do the odd bit myself in between your visits!

Your team know their stuff, are polite and timely and a real asset to you and your company. Thank you so much for your continued support in my garden, it is very much appreciated.”

Lori – Walton


“Approximately 2 years ago I consulted Karen Holley of Holley Garden Designs for professional advice on my garden that had been neglected for many years and trampled over by 2 rampaging small boys.

Karen visited me and asked lots of questions about what type of garden I wanted from the colours, and even the smells I liked, to how much maintenance I was able to put in. She then drew up a plan within my modest budget and set about transforming what was essentially a mud patch into a pleasant garden.

I subsequently engaged Karen and her team to come along and maintain my garden on a regular basis and more recently to add some more plants. My garden is now bursting with colour and actually looks like a proper garden that someone cares about. I am proud to own it and get great pleasure every time I look out of my windows.

I am delighted with the results that Karen achieves and I highly recommend her services for excellent garden design and for ongoing maintenance.”

Julie – Walton on Thames


“Dear Karen,
In case you hadn’t already guessed  …
We love our drive, we love our oak fence
We really love the whole thing complete with actual garden that was worth waiting for.

We really appreciate your hard back back in November planting everything.
The wait is over and the orange and purple colour scheme is fantastic.
I’m sure there is more loveliness to pop up that we have forgotten about …

THANK YOU AGAIN for all your hard work planning and executing.
It is great to have someone who knows how to accept a brief and be inspired and also give a clients what they asked for.

I feel so happy every time I go in and out of the house … sometimes when I drive home I just sit in the car and LOOK.”

Ruth & Steve – Sunbury


“I just wanted to say a massive thank you for the excellent work and service that you gave in designing a new planting plan for our garden.

It was lovely to be able to discuss with you our thoughts on how we would like the borders to look and give you a brief on colours, but even more exciting to see the suggestions and plan that you came back with, in order that we would have all year round.

The quality of the plants that you put in was excellent and for once our garden looks tidy and well kept.

We are looking forward to seeing the changing colours through the seasons and would have no hesitation recommending your gardening and design services.”

Ginetta – Cobham


“Rayne and I really wanted to thank you for the exceptional service you’ve provided to us over the past three years.

You’ve tamed our garden and brought order and sensibility to our plants and flowers. Lovely! Thank you, so much!

We shall be most happy to provide a reference for you if you need it

Thanks again.”

Rayne & Simon – Molesey


photo9-640x480We used Holley Designs for a re-design and planting of our garden after I met Karen at a BNI Epsom event and was very impressed with her portfolio.

The whole process ran incredibly smoothly. Karen kept us informed throughout the progress from the initial designs and drawings, through the tender process of the landscaping firm to the actual building work and planting.

We have loved seeing our garden develop from the snowy start in February on week 2 of the landscaping to the beautiful flowers which have sprung to life this year. It has certainly re-enthused us to the world of gardening.

Karen recently also spent some time with us showing us how to care for our garden in the autumn/winter months.

We would highly recommend Karen and Holley Designs for garden design – we have been thoroughly impressed.”

Gillian & Ian – Walton on the Hill


“Irene and I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for our garden. What was a small, unwieldy and unusable space is now a haven with wonderful plants, plenty of places to sit and a number of eye-catching features. It feels much bigger and is now a lovely place to be, weather permitting of course.

Your work during the design phase, to fully understand our requirements and likes/dislikes, has resulted in a perfect result. Of course your work didn’t stop at the design stage; you helped us to select the right materials, such as the paving and to identify the right contractor and provided a level of supervision to ensure a satisfactory conclusion. More importantly you did this whilst keeping an eye on the budget we had set.

We would happily recommend you to other prospective clients and you may, of course, use any of the pictures you took before, during and after the transformation as you see fit.”

Paul & Irene – Shepperton


“I recommended the garden-design services of Karen Holley to a friend of mine who had just moved in to a newly built property in Horsham, with what could only really be described as an “awkward shaped mud-pit” for a garden!

Karen came around and took the time to take a good design brief and put together the designs for the clients dream garden, and the results are fantastic!

She has created a fantastic outdoor space which the clients cannot seem to stop raving about (I’ve lost track of the number of barbecues they’ve held in it this summer!).

Many people claim they have what it takes to design a garden, but few can actually deliver. Karens in-depth knowledge not only ensured that they had a fantastic looking garden, but one that was also well constructed, that contained the right plants for the right type of soil, that came in on-time and on-budget, and that would provide them with a fantastic, colourful and bright outdoor space all year around.

I would certainly recommend her services in the future to anyone looking to transform their garden.”

Chris – Reigate


“I would highly recommend the services of Karen Holley of Holley Designs.

Karen cleared my garden beautifully. Karen works rapidly and is very efficient in her knowledge of what needs to go and what needs to stay. She cleared weeds that I thought could not be got out.

Karen arrived on time and completed all the jobs that we had agreed in the allotted time.
Karen is certainly the best gardener I have ever asked to help me and I will definitely be using her services again and again.”

Molly Ann – Kingston


“My wife and I consider our garden to be an extension to our house.

It is therefore important that the garden is as well-looked after as the rest of the house.Karen and her colleagues at Holley Designs have for several years now looked after the garden for us. Karen takes particular care to ensure that there is colour in the garden at all times of the year.

In addition, Karen has undertaken garden design work for us when she designed a spectacular water feature.

All of Holley Designs’ work has been undertaken most efficiently with Karen or her staff providing a clear explanation of what is being done and why. The services provided by Holley Designs is outstanding and I will certainly be using Karen’s services in the future!

I would have no hesitation in recommending Holley Designs to my friends and colleagues.”

Peter – Esher


“At last, I have put ‘pen to paper’ and managed to compile a testimonial for the fantastic transformation you’ve given our garden.

Please find my testimonial below – I just wish I was more eloquent with my wording as I’m sure it doesn’t truly reflect the fabulous work you do:

Karen has been working on and in our garden for the last 9 months. We had an inclination that our garden had a lot more potential than it was actually showing or revealing to us. Little did we know quite how much until Karen got her ‘green fingers’ on it!

I can’t quite describe what a difference Karen has made to our garden and how much more we’ve been able to enjoy it as a result – you have to see it to believe it! She has pruned, cut back, reorganised, replanted, potted, used her magic green-fingered touch to such an extent that it has allowed some of the plants that haven’t seen the light of day (for years!) to really come to the fore and show their glory.

Not only does she have a knack of being able to allow each flower and plant to have their debut on the ‘garden stage’ (no shrinking violets in this garden!), she uses her extensive knowledge of what will work and what won’t for each plant so that they can enjoy and thrive in their environment.

It has really transformed the shape, colour and ambience of our garden – and you make it all seem so effortless, which I know it isn’t! We can’t wait to see the bulbs flowering in spring – that will give another whole new dimension to the place.

Thank you, Karen, for creating our very own leafy haven at home!”

Fiona – Esher


“I was recommended to Karen by my surveyor and she kept in touch during my move into my bungalow regarding the garden there.

She drew up a really nice plan for my back garden and now a couple of years later it is looking very attractive. It does take a while when starting from scratch for a garden to develop and blossom in full. I am still in this stage.

The plants were chosen so that I would have blooms all year round and that is really pleasing. The colours in the garden have been carefully chosen too. I am a new enthusiast gardening and her input has given me the impetus to keep it looking lovely.

I felt her bills were very reasonable and it was nice to work with a woman. She will order the plants from her nursery and quote you if that is what you require.”

Kathy – Weybridge