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A small garden can be quite a challenge. Add to that the fact that it is very exposed on the coast so I was struggling to get a vision of how it could be transformed.  I need not have worried !


From first meeting Sean and discussing possibilities  it was clear that his knowledge of plants and eye for design would result in a plant which would suite the conditions.


So it proved, and it has certainly exceeded my hopes and expectations.


He is a pleasure to work with, receptive to ideas, flexible and very practical. The result of all his work is that i have a garden which gives me tremendous pleasure year round and in the process I feel I have gained a friend in Sean.

Pam  - Alnmouth 2022

Garden Narratives has given us a stunning garden and so much more. Working with Sean was exactly what we needed. My husband and I had been wrestling with what to do with the garden for quite some time; it was dated and under used. We were ready for a change but had little experience with gardening ourselves and so our attempts didn’t do a great deal to improve it. Sean had not only a wonderful eye for creating beautiful landscapes, but he took a great deal of interest in determining our life-styles, how we wanted to use the garden- creating entertaining spaces, relaxing areas and grandchildren zones. His professional expertise was critical throughout the process. He gave us colour and interest throughout the year, plants that love our type of soil and are low maintenance. We can’t thank Sean (and Eilleen) enough for all that they did and continue to do for us. It was better than we could have ever expected and would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Garden Narratives design services to anyone wanting a professional garden design, tailor-made to your own requirements.

Susan and Andrew - Stanley 2022

Sean Murray has completely transformed our outside space.  We’ve worked with Sean on two aspirational garden design projects, a Victorian town garden and the garden in a coastal retreat.  Sean has supported us throughout the scoping, creative design and build stages of both projects finally bringing the whole thing to life at the planting stage.

Our gardens are not just visually stunning, they are practical and a part of our home that the whole family enjoy spending time in.

From start to finish Sean has been hugely supportive.  With a very open style of communication, Sean is a great listener, always finding a solution to design decisions and challenges as they arise.  Sean is not afraid to input with his guidance and technical expertise yet does this in a way to ensure the best outcome for us as his client without compromising on design.

I have always found Sean to be creative, professional, enthusiastic and driven.  He can take an idea and turn it in to reality.

I would have no hesitation is recommending Sean for any garden design project and can wholeheartedly say that Sean has not only created an extra multi-functional outside space to both of our homes he’s done so beautifully, sympathetically and has no doubt added value to both properties.


Donna and Chris - Lowfell and Seahouses April 2022

"Sean has worked with us since 2015 redesigning key feature areas within our 10.5 acre estate. He is so easy to work with yet so abundantly creative and hard working.

All projects have come in on time and well within budget. We have all learned so much from working with SEAN.

Our latest exciting project is to create a Japanese garden and mountain stream covering over an acre."

John and Pauline - Belford 2221

"One word Sean, wow.  thank you for sharing your life changing journey with us.  You had the audience in the palm of your hand and your enthusiasm for your subject and connection with our members in the audience was palpable.  Hurry back soon. "

Stakeford WI - April 2018

"We just wanted you to know what a rewarding process this has been.  You have shown excitement and drive in bringing the brief to life, You have shown patience and calmness with helping up to understand the scale of your vision, you have shown commitment and belief in the overall project.  It has been a real pleasure working with you, without your involvement it is doubtful that something so fantastic, unique and so welcoming in this village will ever have happened.

Paul Williams - Parish Councillor - October 2018

"Thank you for wonderful presentation on Thursday. We were captivated not only by you designs and achievement but your natural skills in communicating with an audience. There are many presenters out there earning a fortune who could learn from you. I loved the family involvement and your commitment to recycling. It is great when someone local is recognised nationally. It was a memorable evening for us and we wish you every success in future ventures"

Wylam Garden Club - 2017

"Sean's design for my garden was great and the result was fabulous, much better than I could ever have hoped for. The garden looked very established during the first year, with lots of colour and imaginative planting. I never get tired of looking at my new garden - I absolutely love it. " 

Julian - Northumberland 2016

“We had been looking for someone to design our garden for a long while. It was our neighbour who introduced us to Sean, and as soon as we met with him, we instantly knew we had found the right person.

Sean took the time to listen and ask the right questions before he started with the design.

It was a pleasure to work with him, and during the process, we have found a friend”

I would recommend Sean and Garden narratives to anyone thinking of designing a garden that could easily be in a magazine.

Peter and Hafiza - Sunderland 2017

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