Charles Fox

About Charles Fox

Growing up in Cornwall, with a passion for plants and for drawing, it was an obvious choice for Charles Fox to become a garden designer.

Charles's work extends from garden design to taking visitors around gardens, writing about gardens, cutting and arranging flowers and foliage from gardens, and painting flowers from Cornish gardens. He is not restricted in the variety of his subjects though, and also undertakes commissions.


In July 2016, Charles exhibited at 54 The Gallery, Shepherd Market in 2016 and Glendurgan in December 2017.

Charles has shown his paintings at several exhibitions in Cornwall and London, including Trebah Garden in 2009, and the Great Atlantic Gallery, Falmouth, and the Sloane Club, London, in 2008.


Charles qualified as a garden designer in 1992 at Kew and at the Inchbald School of Design, with merit and distinction respectively. Charles has had considerable experience in advising on properties which range from town gardens such as Walsingham Place in Truro (for which he recently received a prize) to large estates, such as the restoration of the Eagle Ponds at Trewithen near Probus.

He has designed private gardens both inside Cornwall and further afield, including small terraced bungalows, courtyard gardens, a swimming pool garden in the centre of Truro, and intricate planting plans. His work can also be seen at the Hotel Tresanton St Mawes.

With his knowledge and expertise, Charles is the ideal guide for tours of Cornish gardens, including Glendurgan, where he grew up.

"All my life, surrounded by plants and flowers, and by people who put them in vases for the house, this seems to be a habit I have inherited. But it was not until the 1970s that it became a business and I began to undertake large commissions for weddings and other events. I started to design gardens, to write about plants and flowers, to talk about them, and to paint them."

Read more about Charles's sources of inspiration, and visit his online gallery.

Charles, secateurs in hand

Wedding flowers