Testimonials & Reviews for Doug Holloway

‘The planning, creativity and thoughtfulness with which Doug approached the design are notable features of his work. He has a great “feel” for how materials work together, and a vision of how the garden will mature. It has been a pleasure to watch it evolving over the months since completion.’ A Brady, Headington, Oxford

‘Doug produced a design that turned our very ordinary townhouse garden into a peaceful contemporary space. We have enjoyed watching the garden evolve with the seasons, it has been a particularly pleasure to watch the return of wildlife drawn to a lovely selection of plants. We strongly recommend him’. K Hanson, Summertown, Oxford

‘We have a large garden we asked Doug to redesign. He was incredibly creative in designing a new outdoor space for us which has surpassed expectations and that we are delighted with. It was a big project but it was delivered on time and in budget. Highly recommended.’ S Curtis, North Oxford

‘Apart from his skills as a garden designer, Doug has an impressive level of practical knowledge relating to all aspects of hard and soft landscaping, and is a pleasure to have around. He has a real feeling for the gardens that he creates, and I know that he continues to maintain an interest in them all after he has signed them off. I can recommend him unreservedly.’ R Harding, Wheatley, Oxfordshire 

‘I could not be more pleased with the work and care that Doug put into bringing my garden to glorious life and making it a place that I can feel at home and happy. What started as a building site and overgrown mess has been transformed into a stunning and delightful cottage garden, both front and back, which has far exceeded my expectations. The garden reflects the age and character of the house so well, that it feels like another room to the house, sensory and exciting. From planning to completion Doug has been creative, responsive and helpful, keeping me up to date and checking out any decisions and new ideas along the way. I had a clumsy idea of what I wanted which he sensitively transformed into a detailed, imaginative and beautiful design incorporating everything I had asked for and more. All this comes together using clever geometry which leads the eye and creates interest. He also designed our garden room, from the initial sketches to the detailed construction, which we are very happy with, its sits well with the garden design, it’s cool in the summer and warm in the winter. There is literally not an inch of the garden that has not been carefully considered and I can’t wait to discover it grow and develop as the seasons change – neither can my neighbours and passers by who often ask to come and have a look and admire.’ M Clarke, Yarnton, Oxfordshire

‘The design suggestions took a very idiosyncratic space and turned it into a lovely outdoor area. Doug also provides much appreciated aftercare to make sure that we understand the plants and can get the most out of the design in years to come. I recommend Doug to anybody thinking about designing their garden.’ Astrid S, Beckley, Oxfordshire

‘Doug has transformed our garden into a lovely place to be, he achieved this through immediately evident creativity and expertise, really listening to what we wanted.’ M Lord, Iffley, Oxford

‘Doug has designed our garden and made it into a very lovely place. He also designed and created a beautiful water feature that has received very positive reactions from all our friends. We highly recommend him.’ M Sinclair, Iffley, Oxford

‘Doug has the creative vision to see beyond the existing dated garden we had, and the sensitivity to understand and respond to our preferences, resulting in a design that is refreshing, charming and practical. We believe it will be a joy for many years to come. The whole process was impressive, from the initial consultation and sketches to the completed design, with meticulous attention to detail. Doug’s price was slightly higher than others, but we now know that he is spectacularly better value – we are thrilled with the results.’ C Ferguson, Stanton St John, Oxfordshire

‘Doug is able to create working drawings which allow the client to see and begin to “feel” the finished product. Doug is sympathetic towards the overall footprint and has an instant feel for what is “right” in the garden. Very understanding, knowledgeable & easy to work with.’ S Knight, Burford, The Cotswolds

‘Doug offered a creative and attractive solution to a difficult space, with respect for the surroundings, high quality craftmanship and a keen eye for detail, both in structures and planting, which, on completion, transformed a totally wasted back garden into an exciting and functional living space.’ S Dercon, Iffley, Oxford

‘Doug had a real feel for what the site required.  The work went very smoothly, and the landscaping team were excellent: agreeable, cheerful, neat in their work, considerate and careful to minimise disruption.’ P Harries, Summertown, Oxford

‘Doug has transformed our unloved north-facing front garden into a delightful space in which we now enjoy spending time. Our garden was completed to an exceptionally high standard. We thoroughly recommend Doug.’ C Taylor, Abingdon, Oxfordshire 

 ‘Doug’s vision, skill and craftmanship have produced a lovely well-structured back garden.’ M Wood, Warwick, Warwickshire

‘Doug turned what was an overgrown characterless garden into one which we can’t wait to enjoy in the years ahead. His excellent ideas came to full fruition and his dedication and hard work ensured that the work was finished within timescales. He is extremely trustworthy and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.’ S Dolton, Summertown, Oxford

 ‘Having seen a really impressive local sample of his work, we asked Doug to redesign and manage the build in our garden. The result in terms of both design and execution was highly pleasing and well beyond our expectations.  We recommend Doug Holloway to anyone looking for garden work of the highest standard.’ R Vernede, Wheatley, Oxfordshire 

Letter to Doug – ‘We have been really delighted with the work right from the start. We were really happy with how reactive and enthusiastic you were, and particularly impressed at how well organised the job was.’  S Perkins, North Oxford

‘Doug has completely transformed our small, walled garden. It was professional work with innovative ideas, such as the wiring system for the climbing plants and (a particular favourite of mine) the woodshed. Doug has stayed in touch with advice on the care of the plants. All round an excellent job!’ A Kennedy,  Woodstock, Oxfordshire 

‘The quality and finish are excellent and we are very pleased with the result.’  A Olsen, Jericho, Oxford

‘I am very happy with the design which is stylish but simple. I am very pleased with my new garden, and very impressed with the commitment from Doug and his team to the garden and to the aftercare.’ J Mead, Summertown, Oxford

’I’m delighted with my new garden. It’s been transformed, and has become a place that I want to spend time in, and enjoy. It’s like having another room in the house.’ L Furnival, Eynsham, Oxfordshire

‘Doug was very flexible in the way he thought things through and he came up with some innovative ideas – in particular for the pond. I could not have been more pleased with the result and over the next 12mths the garden matured spectacularly’ C Brown, Dorridge, The Midlands

Five years on…

‘Doug Holloway undertook a garden design for me towards the end of 2008. What started out as a relatively small and not very interesting suburban garden is now an oasis of tranquillity and enjoyment and continues to meet all our expectations even after five years. Doug spent a lot of time planning the garden and discussed all aspects of it with me. I was keen to improve on the small Koi pond I had. The new, much larger pond, and stone patio are the centre piece of the garden and continue to attract compliments from visitors. The garden has been set out in such a way that it is relatively easy to maintain (I am not the keenest gardener) although working in the garden now is much more enjoyable.’ C Brown Dorridge, Midlands

‘Doug obviously cares deeply about his work. We recommend him highly.’  K King, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire

‘Doug has such an attention to detail, he has helped us make the most out of every inch of space we have. He has gone out of his way to help us source bespoke materials within our budget, and isn’t afraid of me sending him images of eclectic bits on gumtree or eBay. He’s created a design that reflects us and is going to be so fantastic for our family. And his quote was what I wanted – absolute clarity on where my money is going – he was happy to think with us about ways we could save money, and advise where we shouldn’t cut corners. The end result is a garden that’ll last a lifetime. His quality of work is just outstanding. I’ve never written a google review before…but I really wanted to tell the world about the great work Doug has done for us.’ Clare B Graven Hill, Oxfordshire

‘We chose Doug to design a garden for us because both his passion, and his previous garden designs inspired us. We now have an incredible garden that has already given us a huge amount of joy.’ P Evans, Milton, Oxfordshire