Other work carried out by Cherry Mills


Cherry is a professionally qualified garden designer. Her practice is near Guildford, is broad based and caters for family gardens through to large country estates. She has designed gardens for clients throughout Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and Berkshire but now principally works in Surrey. She trained in garden design at Merrist Wood College, Guildford, qualifying with distinction in 1994. She succeeded in becoming a Registered Member of The Society of Garden Designers in 2001 and is featured on the Society’s list of approved garden designers.

She works with experienced and reputable landscaping contractors who build her garden designs to an exacting standard. Many of her projects require bespoke features and she liaises with specialist suppliers, craftsmen and artists to provide the finishing touches for each garden design. Creating a new garden can be a daunting prospect for a home owner. Cherry’s extensive experience enables her to guide clients through all stages of a project. She takes the lead from them about how much involvement they wish to have during the process and never forgets that she is creating a garden for them and not for her.

Many of us live very busy, pressured lives, often spending the greater part of the day indoors. Spending time outside and tuning in to nature has well known benefits and can improve the quality of life on many levels. Cherry derives enormous pleasure from being in her own garden, watching nature change through the seasons and being surrounded by beautiful plants. To be able to share this experience, by working with clients to transform their garden into their own personal paradise, is a joy.

Cherry Mills in a garden designed by CM Garden Design
Garden Designed in Surrey


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Homes and Garden magazine coverage of CM Garden Design
Homes and Garden magazine coverage of CM Garden Design
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Love Your Garden TV Programme filmed in a Surrey garden designed by Cherry Mills

For this series, the gardens of six deserving people were transformed by Alan Titchmarsh. Each week he took inspiration for his design from an existing garden. For one of the episodes he came to a garden I designed in Guildford to find a contemporary look. The garden includes hardwood decking, limestone paving, a hot tub, an enclosed seating area, a bubbling water feature and lots of planted containers. The garden works on different levels and creates a smooth link with the beautiful open sided kitchen of my client’s house. The lawned area beyond provides ample space for children’s games.

Love Your Garden TV Program featured garden
Love Your Garden TV Program featured garden
Love Your Garden TV Program featured garden


The British Association of Landscape Industries (B.A.L.I) 2018 Award for Garden Construction

Cherry was delighted to work with Clifton Nurseries on a complete garden design for a sloping site in Hook Heath, Surrey which won the The British Association of Landscape Industries (B.A.L.I) 2018 Award for Garden Construction. You can read more about this award here.

The home owner who commissioned Cherry to design this award winning garden has given Cherry this review : “Cherry is an amazing designer, who literallly thinks of everything. She is creative but also practical and can deal with complicated levels and the quirkiness of a sloping garden. Cherry is very efficient and professional when dealing with contractors. I trust her completely and found her to be a kind, hard working and inspirational person.”

Read more about this award winning garden here.

Award Winning Garden
Award Winning Garden

Associate of Professional Landscapers Gold Award for Garden Construction

In 2018 this garden won the Associate of Professional Landscapers Gold Award for garden construction with the project value of £60 - £100,000. Living Landscapes, who constructed the garden, paid great attention to detail to create a relaxed and interesting space for this large country garden.

Our client was delighted with the result : "Cherry's design has completely transformed our garden and we have been thoroughly enjoying our attractive new space. Compared to before, it is an absolute pleasure to sit in, or indeed look at from the house, and we have already used it more since the planting has been completed than we ever did before. We are really looking forward to seeing how it changes and develops as the plants mature. Cherry is very professional and knowledgeable and her advice on all aspects of gardening things has been invaluable. We would not hesitate to recommend her."

Read more about this award winning garden here.