Darren Rudge: Biography

A warm welcome extends to you from Darren Rudge who has spent over twenty years in the horticultural industry. He has run his own garden design, build and maintenance company, and worked in education for many years. Darren now heads a consultancy with exacting standards in landscape, planting and garden design. His proven experience and sound practical knowledge has inspired many to create their dream garden space.

Darren's qualifications include:

  • BSc (Hons) Amenity Horticulture and Garden Design
  • Staffordshire County Certificate for Horticulture (Distinction).
  • National Certificate Horticulture (Distinction).
  • NVQ Level 4 Amenity horticulture and design practice.
  • Higher National Certificate Horticulture.
  • Certificate in education.
  • City and Guilds Medal of Excellence - for outstanding performance as a horticultural lecturer.

The Early Years

Darren was awarded the Beatrice Eckstein Award for best newcomer to the horticultural industry, and was initially employed as head gardener being responsible for a large private garden in Wolverhampton. Over the following ten years he also operated a garden maintenance, design and build practice, working chiefly with his younger brother.

Moving into education Darren currently manages a horticultural centre where he operates and lectures on a range of amenity horticultural and garden design subjects; these include Royal Horticultural Society qualifications. Many have been inspired by the centre to move into the horticultural and design professions. He also undertakes private talks and lectures for garden societies, institutions and professionals that need to update their knowledge.

Darren has spent his career creating garden spaces which have included front gardens, rear gardens plus garden spaces for colleges, outdoor classrooms and working areas for schools, and sensory areas. A recent award was second place in a national competition for a sensory garden called ‘Room to Grow’. Aimed at school children and the wider community; the prize was awarded for best community garden project.

Show Gardens

Darren Rudge has co-designed a number of show gardens that have been presented at BBC Gardeners World Live show which have won him Royal Horticultural Society accreditation(RHS). His RHS credits include silver gilt, two silver and bronze medals.

A passion...

With an open and friendly manner Darren uses his broad knowledge to give advice and help others create their ideal garden space. He is happy to deal with private or corporate clients; individuals or groups. Darren believes that making a difference is what counts plus listening to your clients and communicating their ideas into a space that is usable for them is his ultimate goal.

Taking a friendly, enthusiastic but professional approach to his work, Darren uses his design and horticultural expertise to create imaginative areas that surprise and delight. He fully enjoys the challenges that come with landscape and garden design, and freely collaborates with others to provide the perfect package for his clients.

‘Plants and design are a life long passion for me; if my passion can influence and help others to create living spaces then I have achieved my goal’.

Examples of the range of work Darren Rudge has produced can be viewed in the portfolio area of this website.

Darren Rudge: Landscape & Garden Design. 67 Nursery Road, Walsall, West Midlands WS3 2DU
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