Personal Background

Marzena Baran Garden Designer

My name is Marzena Baran. I grew up in Sanok, in the south-east of Poland, and now live in the coastal town of Littlehampton in West Sussex.

I studied Economics, whilst beginning my career as an accountant. However, my passion was always for the landscape, the flora and fauna of my native country. When I moved to the UK, a country celebrated for its long tradition of garden design and innovation, I decided to begin my new career.

To further my knowledge of garden design, I spent eighteen months, visiting gardens throughout the UK –including Beth Chatto garden and Great Dixter. In 2009, I began a short Garden Design course, studying with Nigel Philips at the prestigious Plumpton College. It was an excellent grounding in the basics of design in the UK. In 2014, I completed my Garden Design Diploma course at the celebrated Painshill Park. The course was led by two experienced, highly-respected practicing designers: Robin Templar Williams and Moira Farnham. Passing with Credit, I felt ready to set up my own Garden Design and Build business.

In order to better understand the requirements of design in the South of England, I am currently volunteering at Arundel Castle Gardens – to gain experience of working on large projects. I am also equally at home in designing smaller, domestic gardens and have won several local competitions (organised by Littlehampton Town Council) both for roof terrace patio designs and for vegetable garden design.

I am delighted to offer a full consultation, design, personal build and maintenance service for any size of garden. For references, please see my Portfolio.

I am pre-registered member of SGD Society Garden Designers.


“Garden design is all about concealment and surprise” Andrew Crofts

Garden Design is an art form.

I have always been passionate about the landscape, from my childhood in South East Poland to my recent life in West Sussex. The Downland and rolling hills of the South Downs National Park are reminiscent of the woods and countryside of Sanok, though the demands of the soil and climate are different. I particularly relish the strong, naturalistic feel of classic English garden design, added to the challenge of creating personality and pastoral views that echo the landscape and surrounding areas.

I am inspired by the seasons and the way in which the landscape changes at different times of the year, making sure that in my design I find a way to make a garden interesting all year round. To widen my range of inspirations, I have visited gardens in many other countries. For example, I was very impressed, in Morocco, by the hidden gardens of Marrakech. Their tranquillity, philosophy and symmetry created a picture of paradise behind high walls. In Italy, I found the quirky style of the Abruzzo region charming: the small steep garden terraces are planted with fruits and vegetables; narrow streets are packed with colourful flowers planted in different pots. It is a kind of eclectic style which works well in gardens large and small, the perfect combination of practicality and beauty.

My goal in every project – whatever the size or requirements of the client – is to create beauty with illusion, surprise, movement, colour, texture, shape, yet at the same time built around the possibilities and practicalities of the individual garden.