Cleve runs an award-winning studio in Hampton Wick, south-west London, and has been designing gardens since 1990. Projects are diverse, ranging from contemporary urban spaces to large country estates mostly in the UK, occasionnally abroad. These, in turn, vary in style according to the house and its surroundings but essentially they are spaces that are both engaging and restful.
Whether in town or in the country, his aim is to combine structure with sensuality, the classic with the contemporary, invariably with an element of surprise and always with a keen sense of space, artistry and craftmanship. Mindful of the natural world and its inhabitants, Cleve also enjoys improving landscapes where wildlife can flourish and this he finds both fascinating and fullfilling.
Lately his design for the award-winning Horatio’s garden, at the Southern Spinal Injuries Trust in Salisbury, has shown just how positive an effect gardens can have on both physical and spiritual well-being.
Cleve has designed several gardens for the Chelsea Flower Show, six of which have won RHS Gold Medals. He is the only designer to have won Best in Show two years in succession (2011 for the Telegraph & 2012 for Brewin Dolphin). He writes for newspapers and magazines and his first book,’Our Plot’, celebrates a decade nurturing an allotment in nearby Bushy Park.