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About Dan Hartley

A love of nature, a passion for design

Dan’s Derbyshire childhood was filled with endless adventures in nature-rambling through the countryside, climbing trees and swimming in lakes.  These experiences ignited his deep connection with the natural world, particularly the beauty of trees and woodlands.

As adulthood beckoned, Dan embarked on various careers, including civil engineering, before recognising the need to follow his heart’s desire.

In 2010, Dan left the construction industry and embarked on a journey of arboriculture and horticulture, working as a tree surgeon and landscape gardener in London and later Norfolk.  But whilst he gained knowledge and honed his arboricultural and horticultural skills, Dan realised it was his passion for landscape and garden design that truly ignited his soul.

After Dan graduated from KLC School of Design with distinction, his talent caught the attention of renowned leading garden designers Adolfo Harrison and Marcus Barnett, leading to a period during which he was privileged to work with both, learning and acquiring invaluable skills in the process. 

Now, Dan creates his own breathtaking private gardens and public spaces in and around Hertfordshire, London, Essex and Buckinghamshire, his designs seamlessly blending each individual client’s tastes with practicality and the wonders of nature that that bring every garden to life.

​When not crafting landscapes, Dan finds solace in his own garden, drawing inspiration from nature’s embrace.  His love for both nature and garden design continue to drive him, ensuring his creations resonate wholeheartedly with those who appreciate the harmonious blend of artistry and the natural world.

Dan Hartley Garden Designs in Hertfordshire, London, Essex,Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire,

My love for nature and design ensures my creations resonate with those who appreciate the harmonious blend of artistry and the natural world.

For an informal chat to discuss your garden design project, please call Dan Hartley on 07814 776032or email

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