Hortus Collective is a Landscape design practice whose work delivers landscapes and gardens with a strong sense of place and ecological conviction through a natural and crafted aesthetic. Working across a range of scales our work is underpinned by a marriage of creative exploration, practical understanding and horticulture, revealing and enhancing the inherent qualities of a site.
We are a collaborative landscape design studio that enjoys a responsive and creative dialogue with architects, artists, gardeners and makers to deliver the clients vision from concept to completion.
Mark Rogers | Director
BSc (Hons) MLA CMLI
Prior to starting his own practice Mark has built up over a decade of experience in the UK’s leading landscape design studios. His landscape journey started in his childhood home, living in and learning from the landscapes of the Peak District, where Mark went on to study a Masters in Landscape Architecture and Ecology at The University of Sheffield.
Starting at Macgregor Smith in Bath, Mark developed in his profession and became a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute in 2012. He then developed his skills in understanding cultural and heritage landscapes as a Senior at Chris Blandford Associates, undertaking HLF projects for Lesnes Abbey London and Raphael Park London, as well as large scale landscape masterplanning schemes, including Flower Garden Park Ruichang and Energy City Qatar.
With a desire to hone his passion for horticulture and place making Mark joined Dan Pearson Studio in 2014. Working as Dan’s Associate to design and manage an International portfolio Mark played a key role in delivering many of the studios successful schemes, including Chelsea Flower Show 2015 'Best in Show' & The Trout Stream at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, Lowther Castle Stable Courtyard and Rose Garden in Cumbria, Lambeth Palace Library in London, Dartington Hall Garden Masterplan in Dorset, an Aman Hotel Masterplan in China and series of large private estates in USA and Europe.
This energy and commitment continues on a diverse and interesting portfolio at Hortus Collective.
Rebecca McDonald-Balfour | Graduate Landscape Architect
Rebecca grew up in Brighton; a city that sits between the sea and the South Downs, where the urban intersects with the wild. It was the relationship between these changing landscapes that gave Rebecca a care and an enthusiasm for the spaces we inhabit and the important role landscape can play in our lives.
Rebecca gained her qualifications in Landscape Architecture at the University of Greenwich where she graduated with First Class Honours. Before joining Hortus Collective, she worked in administrative roles in planning and environment for the public sector as well as an artist, collaborating with universities and research centres and exhibiting work across the country.
Rebecca has a people-centred approach to design and is passionate about collaborative projects that give people a sense of agency and involvement in the design process and resulting spaces.