Testimonials



"We moved three years ago, a downsize decision that left us with a small ugly garden. After spending two years on the house we felt it was the garden’s turn, but the landscape guys we contacted were poor to useless. Then someone recommended Greenmantle, and from our first meeting with Francoise we knew we’d found who we needed. She has the perfect mixture of expertise, artistry, creativity and energy, and she’s completely transformed our garden into a beautiful place that we enjoy every day… a superb blend of practical hard landscaping and colourful planting. Greenmantle does what it says “on the tin”, fun to work with, strongly recommended."
Rick and Eve



"Thank you so much for transforming the space. It is such an improvement……..we love it ! Just looking forward to the spring now to see everything come to life."
South Devon



"I was most impressed with the plans you drew up for the cafe, as I was by the plans you drew up for the patio at the rear of our house. I feel that we have certainly got value for money from your designs and would highly recommend you to any other prospective client. It has been a pleasure to work with you and I have been impressed by your ability, not only to grasp what limited ideas we had, but to enlarge upon these and to take them up to another level, adding touches which indicate a comprehensive knowledge of your subject. At the same time the recommendations of suppliers for various materials has been a definite benefit. These plans will transform the cafe and pay for themselves in a very short time, I can foresee people coming to the cafe simply for the pleasure of sitting in these gardens." John Flint



"I was introduced to Francoise Elvin by several friends who all spoke very highly of her. Having built a unique eco-house within the Dartmoor National Park from scratch I wanted to create an exceptional garden. I asked Francoise to come up with both a garden design and a planting scheme. That she has done with a detailed and artistic plan which I am now completing. Her attention to detail is excellent and she has taken into account all my requirements. I now have the pleasure of transforming those ideas into a beautiful garden. Thank you, Francoise."
TP. Devon



"Fran responded to my enquiry and quickly understood our needs during the phone call. She has a passion, professional and caring approach to her work and the results on our garden were amazing. Besides this, she is a pleasant person.
Thank you! Highly recommended." Jay



"Highly recommended. Françoise more than fulfilled our hopes; thoroughly professional and a pleasure to meet."
Leana, 01 April 2019



"Fran responded to my request promptly and was immediate onboard with what I was looking for. She was knowledgeable and enthusiastic throughout the project and had a clear and reasonable pricing policy so I was able to budget well. Fran always came when she said she would and has done a fantastic job. I'm delighted with my garden and have no hesitation in recommending Fran/Greenmantlegardens."
John, 12 May 2018



"Hard working knows what to do and has an interesting personality to go with it." Vicky Douglas, 07 May 2018



"Hardworking, knowledgeable and nothing is too much trouble. Using Greenmantlegardens has really helped me get my new garden into shape."
Philip, 02 May 2018



"I wanted to thank you for the beauty you have created from the wilderness that was my garden. I was finding it more and more difficult to get on top of those backbreaking stints either side of winter, and it’s been marvellous to have your plant knowledge and design skills to help me plan new beds – I’m particularly proud of the all white flower bed, which will come into its own on Summer evenings. All that – and the added bonus of a cheerful gardening companion!"
Thirza Robinson, 04 July 2019



"The best recommendations probably come to us through our friends and that is the way in which we were introduced to Françoise. We have a large mature garden and did not need Fran’s expertise in garden design. What we did need, owing to advancing years, was good garden maintenance on a regular basis and Fran has been very willing to do this for us. Fran works with considerable energy and vigour and is not daunted by difficult tasks. In her favour Fran always leaves what she has done clean and tidy. Fran has been pleased to work alongside us in the garden, or to work on her own. She has both a considerable knowledge of plant life and the capacity to work extremely hard which is continuing to be of great help to us."
Cliff and Paula Berdinner



"Francoise is a very good practical gardener, enthusiastic, energetic and hard working. And great at climbing trees!! She has been working with me for a year and has made a real difference to my too large and becoming out of control garden. She has an excellent eye for creating spaces with well considered pruning. She is full of useful suggestions of plants , and I enjoy working with her and talking gardening."
Ann Holl



"Fran started working in my mature well stocked 2 acre garden in 2010. I needed help and advice on shaping the garden, looking into the future. Fran has been a pleasure to work with. Not only does she do the gardening; she proactively advises and has ideas well backed-up with a good feel and understanding of plants and a passion for gardening. Fran also does what she says she is going to do, on time, in budget and clearly invoiced – you know what you are getting for your money."
Jonathan Potts, Ashburton



"Francoise is an absolute godsend to us. She is full of good ideas, knowledgeable, reliable, hardworking and a pleasure to have around. We can’t speak too highly of her."
Clare and Tim Hornsey, Dartington



"Francoise has been working for us and with us in our garden for several years, doing a variety of work using her considerable experience and knowledge of horticulture in maintaining our garden and advising us on care and selection of suitable plants. She is a great worker, very reliable, undeterred by bad weather and largely thanks to her, we have been able to keep the garden looking excellent and very productive since she started with us. We have been able to recommend her with great confidence to many of our friends. We wish her all good fortune. She will do well."
Dr Jeremy Greene, Totnes



"Francoise Elvin has been an enormous help to me during my recent depression. this illness meant that the slightest task overburdened me. Her ‘can do’ attitude and wide ranging horticultural skills kept my garden colourful and productive with vegetables and flowers helping to feed the household and raising my spirits. I thoroughly recommend her as an intelligent, knowledgeable and practical gardener and designer. Everyone remarks on how much better the garden looks…"
Anthea Chater, Buckfastleigh



"Francoise was very professional in her approach to our requirements and was flexible to accommodate the brief. We are very pleased with the results; Francoise has a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of plants and garden design which has had a positive impact on the project."
Richard, Devon