Michael Kerr is a Garden Designer and Artist living between West London and East Sussex. He studied sculpture in Scotland and later, in London, he secured the prestigious Kew Diploma from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew. After graduating from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Michael went on to teach Design as part of the Kew Diploma course. He now marries the two disciplines of Art and Horticulture by creating designs with particular attention to the colour, form and texture of plants and how they will interact and compliment one another in a garden setting.
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Michael went on to be the senior horticultural consultant and TV director for the RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows and for a great many other garden series including ‘Grow Your Own Drugs’ and ‘Lost Gardens’ often contributing to the books which accompanied each series. Consequently, his knowledge of plants and the natural world is extensive. This knowledge serves him well when identifying and archiving imaged for the renowned garden photographer Andrea Jones (www.andreajones.co.uk)
Michael has designed a great many gardens both in the UK and abroad in a variety of styles and works closely with the landscaper Mark Wallinger (www.markwallinger.com) to achieve excellent results. He liaises closely with his clients and thoroughly researches a garden before putting pen to paper so that he can choose the most appropriate plants for any given site. His planting plans are detailed and can, on request, be accompanied by corresponding plant images to allow a client to have a fully informed impression of what their garden may look like when all is in place.
Michael has directed a number of programmes for the BBC. Here Patrick Blanc explains his botanical and artistic work on vertical gardens in different places in Paris in 2007 in a film directed by Michael.