Emily Barnes


Emily joined Bestall & Co in Autumn 2019 after collaborating with Lee and the team at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show in 2019. Emily was the proud winner of BBC Radio Sheffield’s ‘Design a Garden’ competition which involved designing a show garden to represent the unique culture and heritage of Sheffield. Lee acted as personal mentor throughout the process to help bring the show garden ‘Elements of Sheffield’ to life which went on to win the coveted RHS People’s Choice Award.

Emily has always been a ‘creative’ and enjoyed her previous career working as a freelance graphic designer. After taking some time out during maternity leave, she decided to follow her obsession for plants and gardening and retrain as a garden designer, fusing together her two passions. Emily studied Horticulture: Garden Design at Nottingham Trent University and graduated in 2020 gaining a foundation degree with distinction. Her proudest academic achievements include coming third place in the North East and Wales Regional Finals of Young Horticulturist of the Year 2019 and being presented with the Boots Company Cup and Top FdSc Student award. She has a wealth of hands-on experience working in the gardens at Chatsworth House and National Trust Hardwick Hall as well as her own garden which is a never-ending project.


With her ever growing knowledge and enthusiasm for plants, Emily specialises in planting design at Bestall&Co. “Providing scent, colour and texture through every season is always my aim. I love creating beautiful, diverse, and emotive spaces which benefit both people and wildlife. “