Creating beautiful spaces for discerning clients

Piantidonna, a design and consultancy company has at it’s head RHS Chelsea medal winning Plantswoman, Artist and Designer Julie Slatter.

Garden design is a natural evolution of my love of plants and in-depth knowledge of gardening, stemming from childhood and developing through nearly 10 years professional experience.

Beginning my career with a couple of small contractors, I was quickly appointed Head of Gardens at Anthony de Grey Gardens in London, responsible for all aspects of the installation of new gardens and the maintenance of existing ones, ranging from developing planting schemes to supervising hardscaping contractors on site. Many of these gardens are now  fully mature and when the opportunity arises to visit them, it is always fascinating to see the "picture in my head" realised.

Design work began from trying to make the highly-decorative, two-dimensional plans of many designers a three-dimensional reality. All too frequently paper plans would in fact, be ergonomically unsound, ignore either soil conditions or aspect and planting schemes "safe" - dare I say boring.

My experience of working in London obviously gave me much experience of creating seasonal, long-term or purely decorative, containerised planting. I was lucky to have a wide variety of corporate and private clients ensuring that my imagination was always stretched to come up with innovative ideas, ensuring that nothing I touched ever resembled a pub window box!

In 1996, following my first Chelsea, I went freelance and haven't looked back since!

Pianti Donna was conceived as a vehicle to cover my work as a plantswoman, artist and designer.

On the following pages you will find a small selection of my work, from a simple window box to a slice of Tuscan hillside.  Just click on the links to view or email.”

Julie – August 2001

Based in Buckinghamshire, but working for most of her career in Central London and Tuscany, Italy.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2000 medal winning designer with Steph Hunter of the Courtyard Garden “Dream Catcher”.  Also working with Newington Nurseries on their Gold Medal winning displays in 1999 and 2000.

Co-designer and Plantswoman for Anthony de Grey Trellises, at Hampton Court 1994, 1995, 1996 and their display on Main Avenue at Chelsea in 1996.

All images on this site are © Julie Slatter
Pianti Donna 2009


The Gardens

The House


RHS Shows

Chelsea 2000

Chelsea 1996

Hampton Court 1995



London 2001
1993 - 1996

“The only limits are your budget and my imagination”