Marcus Barnett

Marcus Barnett

Founding Director

25 August 2011

Marcus graduated with Distinction from the Inchbald School of Garden Design, after a radical change of career.

In 1991 he was commissioned from RMA Sandhurst into the Scots Guards, and served on overseas operations as an Army officer for 7 years, including three years as a Royal Equerry.  However, with his childhood home in the rolling countryside of East Anglia, he grew up with a deep attachment to landscape and to the English gardening traditions, while through subsequent travelling and postings – including working on the Sydney Olympic Games – he developed a fascination with modernist architecture and contemporary design.

While still at the Inchbald, he teamed up with a fellow student to create his first garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, which went on to win a Gold Medal and Best Show Garden in its category.  He has made four further gardens at Chelsea, most recently winning a Gold Medal for the Telegraph Garden in 2015.

Marcus lectures at design schools and colleges and has given public lectures at the V&A, London, Europe and Russia.