Inglis expects his new career to bloom


A former Aboyne illustrator who has worked for many well-known publications has set up his own garden design company.

Inglis Thorburn, 41, who is based in Monifieth but is originally from Deeside, always had an interest in gardening but it wasn’t until he enrolled on an evening course that he discovered he wanted to pursue garden design as a career.

After winning a one-off bursary that resulted in him graduating from the Inchbald School of Design in London, and with help from Business Gateway, he founded Inglis Thorburn Garden Design.

“It was such an honour to win the Inchbald Bursary and study at the Inchbald School of Design,” said Inglis. “The design competition was run in conjunction with BBC Gardens Illustrated Magazine and the scholarship was a one-off award to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the school. The prize was worth £5,000 and allowed me to study the Inchbald Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Garden Design, which I passed with merit.”

Inglis is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art and has worked in furniture and product design as well as the publishing industry.

He added: “I’ve already had some small private commissions which I’ve really enjoyed doing and I hope to increase these over the next few months. Ultimately I hope to do designs for larger pieces of land and create exciting and vibrant gardens for both private and commercial clients.

“The aim over the next year is to get people to know about me and what I can do, build a portfolio of my design projects on and hopefully travel across the country creating beautiful gardens.”