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Featured in Brett Paving Brochure

We were flicking through the latest Brett Paving brochure and to our surprise a show garden that we built in 2012 had been included.

Featured on front cover of Pro Landscaper

We knew Pro Landscaper magazine were going to write an article on us. What we didn’t realise is that we would feature on the front cover.

Expansion at the nursery

We have recently extended the area of the nursery in Langdon Hills to just under two acres.

Chelsea Flower Show
Chelsea Flower Show 2013

In May, as the horticultural calender starts to unwind, those that can, show off their latest designs, often garden designers are…



Stone & Leaf is a multi-award winning company, the hybrid of two established businesses.

The first, Robert Charles Landscapes, has over the last 10 years built a reputation for creating stylish, modern gardens that combine the clean lines of contemporary design with innovative naturalistic planting.

The second was The Secret Garden, a specialist plant nursery nestled in the Essex countryside.

Merging the two businesses was the idea of Robert Charles Grimstead (below) whose career in garden design and construction spans 20 years, and includes work in Europe and the Middle East.Robert

“It made sense to combine the two companies under one brand, in order to shorten the supply chain and ensure we can grow the plants that would otherwise be hard to obtain”

Inspired by a family tree of gardeners, Robert has since an early age had an interest in all things green.  After graduating from Writtle College with an HND, a career in landscape design and construction was the natural progression.

Robert and his team have built a number of Gold and Silver Gilt Medal-winning Show Gardens, worked on a TV programme called ‘Lost Gardens’ with Monty Don and also won two national awards at the prestigious APL ceremony in 2014.

Clients are both private individuals and corporate companies in and around London, Essex and the South East but we will consider projects nationwide and overseas.

“Our gardens are designed and built by award-winning  industry experts, who are passionate about landscape design and construction and the ways in which they can be used to enhance the natural context”