Keith has led an active horticultural life, gaining qualifications from Hadlow, Pershore and Rodbaston colleges. His early training was as a plantsman in trees and shrubs, which remain his special interest.
He has won top R.H.S medals building gardens for the Malvern Spring Show and the Garden’s World live show at the N.E.C Birmingham.
Keith has also spent over 30 years developing the award winning three acre ‘ideas’ gardens at Hartlebury, Worcestershire and has, at the same time, been continuously improving a five acre specimen plant nursery adjacent to the show gardens.
In 1997, Keith was voted the national chairman of The Association of Professional Landscapers of which he is also a founder member. Keith runs his successful landscaping and garden design service, directly employing his own landscape teams, alongside the popular nurseries and gardens.
Franchesca his wife is a fully qualified designer, having studied at Pershore College of Horticulture. Examples of garden designs can be seen in the Whitlenge Gardens Tea Room where you can also enjoy a tea and homemade cake or a wholesome full meal.
Mark has been designing gardens since leaving Merrist Wood College in 1986 where he won the design student of the year and designed the 1987 Chelsea Garden. Since then he has worked throughout Suffolk, Norfolk, Worcestershire and the West Midlands were he received awards from the Association of Professional Landscaper awards for his projects. He joined the Creative Landscapes team three years ago and now designs and quotes for the projects for our construction teams.
Keith Southall’s wife Franchesca is a fully qualified designer having studied at Pershore College of Horticulture, and is a part of Creative Landscapes design team.
Examples of both Keith and Fran’s garden designs can be seen in the Whitlenge Gardens Tea Room where you can also enjoy a tea and homemade cake or a wholesome full meal.
“How can we ever thank you enough for such generosity to us at the time of our marriage?
We were so touched to receive your proposals for the wonderful new Rowan arbour and it will always be a treasured reminder of your kindness and thoughtfulness on a very special occasion – even though that occasion ended up being somewhat later then anticipated…
Your beautiful Hornbeam seat is greatly appreciated & will soon find itself a special position in the gardens”
HRH Charles and Camilla of Highgrove - 29/04/2005
“I would like to thank the whole team for all their hard work which has resulted in a lovely drive and garden, this has raised a lot of praise from friends and neighbours and one neighbour remarked on how hard your guys worked while they were here. Once again thanks for your very kind assistance.”
M.K. - Redditch
“Professional, Garden Design & Garden Landscaping in Worcestershire & across the West Midlands”
- Anonymous Client
“May we take this opportunity to thank all the team at Creative Landscapes for the excellent job in transforming our gardens. The Creative team ensure the whole process was stress-free and a pleasure to watch the project as it developed. In addition to the efficient process, more importantly, the quality of the finished gardens is so superb and we look forward to enjoying them for many years to come.”
“We have finally finished all the work on the house and, of all the things we have done, we are definitely most pleased with the garden, it really does give us a huge amount of pleasure. ***** is particularly thrilled by the wide range of birds that have already become visitors. We would like to thank you for the way the whole project was managed and have to say that the attitude shown by your team was excellent. They were always punctual, polite and took a pride in doing the job well, which seems to be a less than common trait these days.”
“My wife and I are delighted with our new garden, which has been transformed from a bare “new estate plot”. The finished result is exactly how we imagined it would be & friends & family have been impressed with the standard of workmanship. We would have no hesitation in recommending your company to anyone considering having their garden landscaped.”
“When we look at our garden now, we just can’t believe the transformation. Our friends and relatives have visited and have looked in disbelief and envy. We felt we just had to write and tell you how pleased we are with our new garden.”
“Creative Landscapes have proved to be a company to be reckoned with. From the initial planning of our children’s garden to the final outcome of a fully fledged landscaped area, Keith Southall and his “Creative” team have not disappointed us. The team worked tirelessly within a tight deadline under severe wintery conditions to make our garden what it is – a children’s nursery garden equipped with log cabin, castle facade, vegetable and orchard areas, sand and ball bits, exotic shrubs, covered areas for displays and performances, bat and hedgehog boxes, two generous lawns, musical gazebo, gateways and pathways and beautifully created rustic walls. The standard of care and attention to detail has been very high and the team were all most receptive to new ideas whilst work was in progress. Creative Landscapes is a company that takes pride in it’s work. It goes almost almost without mention that we strongly recommend the company to any prospective garden enthusiast. We are left with an ongoing sweet and contented feeling that our children from now on will delight in the wonders of nature and exploration within a safe and invigorating environment.”
“After employing a second contractor to complete the hard landscaping of our garden after the first failed to complete the job, we were left feeling a little disillusioned with the stark concrete terracing and decided to look for landscaper that could handle the planting and to soften the effect left by the 2 previous companies. With some trepidation due to past experiences we looked on the web for a local company and came across Creative Landscapes, their web site looked delightful and we made an appointment for the following weekend. The owner and Managing Director, Keith Southall came to view our garden and from the first meeting we were impressed with his knowledge and confident manner. Keith talked us through the options and spent time showing us pictures of various work he had undertaken, he made careful notes of our likes and dislikes and made several recommendations, including incorporating a water feature that could cascade down the terracing to bring movement and life to the garden. After agreeing final designs, Keith’s team arrived to undertake the extensive tree cutting and planting and working on their own initiatives as we were both out at work all day, they created us a beautiful garden that was just as Keith had explained. The water feature has become the centre piece of a truly remarkable outside living space and the overall effect is quite spectacular. We would not hesitate to recommend Creative Landscapes and would like to pass on our thanks to the various specialised teams, all of whom have helped to created a very special place for us to enjoy year after year. Keith, you inspired us with what could be achieved, and with your experienced workers, you delivered us everything you had promised. Many thanks to everyone at Creative Landscapes that worked on our project.”
Your execution of the project from initial consultation, through the planning stage, then sheer hard work , reaching the creative conclusion has been a delight to observe.
We really would like to commend the care, consideration and commitment of all those on your teams who worked on the project. We had complete confidence in leaving them to get on with the job.It was remarkable to see order brought out of chaos and the drawing and design come to reality.We are delighted with the end result