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Polly McAfee

Translator, guardian of historic house and garden in Iffley Village, Oxford

Robin's garden design has transformed our slightly shambolic, piecemeal garden into a real haven. He suggested a circular lawn to mirror the Rotunda building, and almost everyone who enters it comments on the peaceful, magical feeling of the space. Robin listened to our needs and desires, and came up with a design that is manageable to maintain, beautiful to look at, delightful to be in and appealing to develop.

Ian McEwan, Author

Author, London

Robin Mcafee is the urban gardener supreme - exceptionally good taste, wide knowledge, immensely skilful, extremely personable. I've watched him transform small and large spaces with true originality. He knows what's beautiful. Reasonable prices. Great follow-up. Why go anywhere else?

Reg Gadney & Faye Maschler

Writer, artist and journalist, London

Robin cares for our garden with loving quiet and unobtrusive care and the greatest technical expertise. His sensitive selection of appropriate plants and trees has been brilliant. In so far as our garden is surrounded on all sides by very high walls and is in West End of London and only gets a maximum of thirty minutes sunlight each day and the air is polluted by constant traffic on the Euston Road, Robin's success is little short of a miracle. He arrives in Spring and Summer and brings good cheer and all of us, including the plants and trees and birds, treasure his arrival. He is The Indispensable Friendly Gardener.

Leila Botham

Business Development Manager, Busaba Eathai, UK

Robin’s intuitive understanding of our aesthetic, design and tastes has made him an invaluable consultant for Busaba Eathai. His attention to detail and genuine love for his work has ensured beautiful and exciting results at all of our branches. We will forward to a long and inspiring relationship with Robin.

Ben Pentreath

Architect & Interior Designer, London

Robin helped me with my roof terrace high up above queen square in Bloomsbury.  The main structure had already been put into place by my contractor, but I realised that I was never going to find the time or space to 1) give proper thought to my garden plan or 2) to put plans into effect. Robin was brilliant at both.  He thoughtfully listened to my ideas and made further suggestions (I love my fig tree, which I wouldn't have thought of in a hundred years) and then efficiently put into place all the planting on the designated day... Working through a rainstorm to get everything finished. Everything was carefully budgeted and all costs agreed in advance. The roof garden is now about to enter its first spring and I can't wait to see the results.

Rosie Pearson

Writer, curator of On Form, social entrepreneur, guardian of historic house and garden in Oxfordshire & London

Robin McAfee was a joy to work with. As a designer, he listened to what I wanted and filled in the gaps so that it could happen. He has made the garden easy to maintain, and is thorough and conscientious, doing the boring jobs as well as the glamorous ones. I wonder if I'll ever need to go on holiday again; I now have Arcadia on my roof!

Richard Bayley

Financial Services, London

Robin transformed my new and bare terrace, a tricky proposition as it lacks direct sunlight, with a finely chosen selection of creeper, ivy, evergreen jasmine, herbs, grasses and some striking annuals, all housed in carefully selected ceramic and tailor-made metal containers. The plants have thrived in this space, transforming the view from the living room. Robin was very happy to return for some fine-tuning, however minor, and I would recommend him without hesitation.

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