© 2020 Tom Wilkes-Rios


All photographs copyright Tom Wilkes-Rios & Midori Gardens Ltd.


About me

Hello, I’m Tom. I’m a gardener with 12 years of experience working in London for both domestic and commercial clients. After a recent relocation, I am now based in Stedham, West Sussex. Following many years of training within maintenance teams, I became a freelance gardener and garden designer 5 years ago, and have since enjoyed caring for and creating gardens of all shapes and sizes. 


I have spent most of my waking hours outdoors since I was a child and I greatly enjoy nurturing a garden, bringing a space to life. I like to cultivate gardens over time, keeping the future in mind while creating interest throughout the seasons. 

I specialise in all types of pruning, from restorative and rejuvenative, to ornamental and topiary. Carefully considered pruning can help to bring out the best form from a tree or shrub and can really transform a space. 


My particular style is one of enhanced nature, highlighting and celebrating plants’ most exciting features. Using my extensive plant knowledge combined with my understanding of space, I strive to create a sense of place within a garden; a cohesive environment that sets a scene and atmosphere. 


I offer garden maintenance, consultancy & advice, plus full scale garden design. I can walk around your garden with you to discuss your planting and offer some guidance, working with you to make a plan. Alternatively, I am quite comfortable taking ownership of your garden on your behalf, sensing what is best for the space to bring it to life. 



I cover all aspects of garden maintenance, including specialist pruning, hedge cutting, mulching, clearance and much more. This can be a regular maintenance service or a one off visit. I can also suggest and supply additional planting. 



I can provide a full service design for your garden, discussing your needs and creating a cohesive plan for your space. 

All spaces & gardens are different, but generally our design process includes:

  • An initial site visit & consultation

  • Discussion on project brief

  • Site analysis

  • Layouts & plan drawings of the space

  • Full design

  • Comprehensive & itemised quote for the project

  • Project management of other contractors

  • Planting installation


If you would like some help with your garden, please get in touch.



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