Marion Mako is a freelance garden historian and designer who has worked in both the UK and USA, specialising in English herbaceous planting. She has an HNC in Garden Design as well as a Masters in Garden History from the University of Bristol where she has lectured. She has carried out historical research on public and private gardens covering a wide variety of subjects such as; gardens of the artists Alfred Parsons and Edward Hornel, the history of the garden at Kellie Castle in Fife, a 1930s Rose Garden and the Pleasure Grounds at Kedleston Hall.
Her design work deals predominantly with planting, usually softening what the builders have left behind. Her approach is gentle, always remembering that the client will be the one to enjoy the gardens.
Marion has also presented several items about historic gardens and landscapes, on both BBC television and radio. In 2012 Marion was appointed a Research Fellow of the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Buckingham and taught on the MA in Garden History. In addition Marion leads bespoke garden tours and illustrated talks.

She lives in Gloucestershire, where she is attempting to deer proof her “gently sloping” (estate-agent speak!) plot and tame the wilderness, whilst making good culinary use of the harvest.

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