Ivan Hicks is both a designer and creator of magical public spaces with an equally extraordinary ability to transform private gardens.
He is currently the lead designer of a 27-acre site at Butterfly World, St Albans. His aim is to create gardens that are fun and informative, and designed to spark an interest across generations in gardening and the natural world.
A UK garden designer and landscape artist, now based in Wiltshire, Ivan is best known for his highly acclaimed imaginative and innovative designs, the most well known and celebrated being "Butterfly World" at St Albans in Herts, the ''Enchanted Forest'' at Groombridge in Kent, and ''Garden in Mind'' in Hampshire.
Trained in arboriculture at Merrist Wood, Surrey, Ivan Hicks was head gardener at West Dean Gardens for 15 years - his employer, Edward James, the patron to Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali. Together they created gardens in England, Italy and Mexico.
Ivan was a presenter on BBC's ''Gardeners' World'' from 1999-2001.
He has also won a number of awards in recognition for his public work.
Award Winner 2000 BALI
(British Association of Landscape Industries)
Groombridge Place 'The Dark Walk'
Best Childrens Attraction Daily Telegraph 1998
Best Visitor Attraction 1999,2005
South East Touring Board, for Enchanted Forest,
Groombridge Place, Kent
Private projects include gardens for the Butterfly World project founder Clive Farrell in Dorset and for Vanessa Branson in Sussex, and additionally numerous gardens across London and the South West.
"Whatever the size or scope of your project / garden, I can offer a solution to meet your requirements, timescale and budget."
Ivan Hicks Landscapes Ltd
07957 625 808