Rachel Irons is a former BBC television graphic designer who retrained as a professional garden designer in 1996, gaining a Distinction from the College of Garden Design at Pershore. With a continuing passion for gardens and the landscape she has also studied Landscape Architecture at the University of Gloucestershire and has an RHS level 3 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture from Lackham College, Wiltshire.

She began her career in garden design working for the world renowned Chelsea award winner and celebrated RHS author Robin Williams at Robin Williams and Associates in their original studio in Hungerford. She then went on to manage the Garden Design Centre at Whitehall Garden Centre, Lacock for 12 years before establishing the Garden Design Studio at Whitehall Garden Centre in Lacock, near Chippenham, Wiltshire.

A regular visitor to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Rachel likes to keep abreast of current trends to create unique contemporary and traditional garden designs tailored to the very individual needs of her customers.

Growing up in Wiltshire and now living in Bath, Rachel is familiar with the varying climate, soil types and topography of the local area, particularly between Bath, Bristol, Swindon and Salisbury. This area includes the towns of Bruton, Calne, Chippenham, Chipping Sodbury, Corsham, Devizes, Frome, Keynsham, Malmesbury, Marlborough, Melksham, Pewsey, Tetbury, Trowbridge, Warminster and Westbury.

This knowledge of the local area enables Rachel to design planting schemes choosing the plant varieties that are best suited to the local conditions.