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About Gardenesque

® Gardenesque, Part of the Unit 18 ltd family 

Rooted in the heart of the Cotswolds, Gardenesque has grown from a desire to create a unique collection of gardenware that accentuates the natural beauty of your outdoor space.

We believe every garden is a story, brought to life by the landscape you create and plants you nurture within it, as well as the people and occasions you host. Our Gardenesque principles gravitate around three core values: discovery, showcasing and naturalism, providing garden owners with a wealth of inspiration on how to bring horticultural beauty into their home and garden, regardless of size or location.

Our small, family run business was born from a passion project in London and has quickly grown as a well-loved UK brand to rival bigger, corporate establishments. Our small and dedicated team ensure our customers are at the heart of everything we do, delivering a personal service that has seen our Trustpilot score and product reviews flourish to Excellent, even in recent difficult times!

We have a commitment to creating an even more sustainable offering too. We try to source only recycled or recyclable plastic and have opted to use an ecofill, recyclable plastic packaging if extra padding is required to get your product safely to your door. Our aim is to create a truly nature inspired experienced wherever possible.

We are also proud to have been featured in some of the top UK press, including the Telegraph Online, Evening Standard, Good Homes Magazine, House and Garden and Modern Homes to name a few. Our press highlights can be seen over on our press page where you can also shop the press collection.

We thank every one of our customers for their support, feedback and passion towards Gardenesque.

If you're looking for monthly ideas on how you can make the most of your garden, head over to our Gardenesque calendar. Otherwise, feed your curiosity with our weekly Journal.

Our values

There are three key values to Gardenesque: discovery, showcasing and naturalism.

Discovery

Inspired by centuries of plant collectors, we continually seek new ideas and concepts to build into our gardenware. Often we need to look back to look forward, which is why many of our designs combine historic values with contemporary concepts.

Showcasing

The Gardenesque movement was characterised by the collectors’ approach, which sought to showcase individual plants. Using craftsmanship and carefully considered materials, our products allow this notion to transcend into today’s world, ensuring gardens are enjoyed at their very best.

Naturalism

We believe in respecting the purity of natural materials. Our design and manufacturing processes accentuate the original qualities of every material used, which in turn emphasises the natural beauty found in every garden.

History of the Gardenesque movement

John Claudius Loudon coined the term 'Gardenesque' in 1832 in accordance with his principle of recognition, asserting that the garden should be recognised as a work of art.

Contrasting the Picturesque movement, which championed the beauty of natural landscapes, the Gardenesque movement sought to highlight the beauty of exotic plants, which were transforming the landscape of English gardening. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries plant hunters risked their lives to transport exotic plants to the West. Loudon believe the Picturesque garden hindered a deserving appreciation of these botanic curiosities.

The Gardenesque garden was well-considered and respectful to the beauty of each plant. All trees and shrubs were positioned and managed in such a way that the character of each plant could be displayed to its full potential. A more relaxed and adventurous form of gardening became popular, defined by its accessibility to all gardeners, who could showcase large varieties of interesting plants, regardless of their location or plot size.

Whilst the Gardenesque movement prevailed, botanical art was also enjoying its most illustrious era, with scientific drawings used to record the appearance of plants, flowers, seeds and leaves. Even since the development of photography, the art form has remained popular and continues to captivate botanists and the general public in the present day.

The fascination in plants and their detailed identity has transcended centuries, and is ever present in modern life. With increasing numbers of botanical enthusiast and gardeners residing in urban locations, the importance of showcasing natural forms within confined or limited spaces has never been more crucial.

It is these circumstances, combined with inspiration from Loudon and botanical artists, that have driven and continue to inspire Gardenesque.

John Claudius Loudon portrait
  • Picturesque movement reigns precedent

  • Gardenesque movement begins to evolve from Picturesque movement

  • John C. Loudon coins term 'Gardenesque' and the movement gains impetus

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