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We are delighted to announce that the Hamptons Mediterranean Garden, designed by Filippo Dester and Garden Club London has been awarded a Silver Glit medal.

The garden is inspired by the architecture, warm tones and sculptural planting of the Mediterranean landscape of Filippo's homeland and with climate change in mind. Filippo's creation is a contemporary outdoor living space redolent with the look, feel and smell of sunny Mediterranean climes. It combines an outdoor kitchen with shady open-air dining, space where one can relax, enjoy cooking and entertaining family and friends

The clever design will evoke all the senses - smell, touch, taste and sound - and has been sensitively created with sustainability and the health of the environment in mind.

In light of social changes over the recent years and with home entertaining on the rise, Hamptons Mediterranean Garden is the ideal outdoor entertaining space that extends the kitchen as the heart of the home from inside to outside; a peaceful and relaxing garden designed to capture all the elements of convivial entertaining in a sweet smelling, alfresco setting. The garden with its soothing perfume of aromatic herbs; clever use of aromatherapy and essential oils to aid healing, and edibles to forage and nourish, aims to promote a sense of well-being, whilst having a clear environmental mandate.

The sustainable urban garden focuses on water conservation as part of considering the effects climate change has had, and will continue to have, on all of our lives. Densely planted with a palette of drought tolerant ornamental perennials, including clouds of scented sub shrubs typical of the “Macchia” and aromatic Mediterranean herbs that encourage biodiversity and provide inhabitants with edible fruits and herbs. With sustainability and water conservation central to the design, the dining space will be surrounded by an architectural water feature, this will act as example of how rain water can be harvested and kept in the garden to offer multiple benefits including; an aesthetically pleasing feature to be enjoyed by people and wildlife alike; and functioning as a water reservoir for the garden irrigation.

Filippo Dester, Garden Designer  

Filippo was born in the North of Italy, near Lake Garda, and from a young age was fascinated by plants. Growing up in his family’s nursery, he quickly developed an interest in horticulture and nature.

During school he received an education both in science and art, developing a passion for architecture and a multidisciplinary approach to design.

At university he studied architecture, first in Venice then in Berlin, where he began to integrate his horticultural knowledge to several projects, always looking for innovative and dynamic solutions.

Filippo began his professional career working with Tony Woods at Garden Club London in 2015, designing and collaborating on a wide range of projects, with a focus on residential gardens.

The gardens he designs have people and plants as their focus, they are carefully developed schemes that integrate with the existing architecture and include thoughtful details to make each space unique.

He has been a member of the Society of Garden Designers since 2017 and one of his projects was a finalist in the Small Gardens category at the SGD awards 2022. His designs have been published on Gardens Illustrated and other magazines.

At Garden Club London, Filippo also collaborated in the development and implementation of several show gardens designed by Tony Woods, both at RHS shows (Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court Garden Festival) and internationally at the ingapore Garden Festival.

The planting list includes a wide selection of Mediterranean plants, most of which hardy and drought-tolerant, showcasing different styles of planting, including densely planted ornamental borders are dotted by clouds of sub-shrubs typical of the ‘Macchia’, a gravel garden with sculptural succulents, and productive borders rich with edibles, foraging herbs and roots.


Acca sellowiana (feijoa)

Arbutus unedo (strawberry tree)

Citrus sinensis (orange tree)

Citrus x mitis (calamondin)

Corokia ‘Geenty’s Giant’

Cupressus sempervirens

Ficus carica (fig)

Juniperus communis ‘Green Carpet’

Myrtus communis ‘Tarentina’

Phillyrea angustifolia

Pistacia lentiscus

Pittosporum tobira ‘Nanum’

Punica granatum (pomegranate)

Rosmarinus officinalis

Rosmarinus officinalis prostratus

Taxus baccata

Teucrium fruticans


Agave americana

Agave attenuata

Agave ferox

Agave filifera

Agave palmeri

Aloe arborescens

Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera)

Dasylirion serratifolium

Sedum album ‘Murale’

Sedum divergens ‘Coral Carpet’

Sedum reflexum

Sedum spurium ‘John Creech’

Sedum sediforme


Acanthus spinosus

Allium schoenoprasum (chives)

Armeria marittima ‘alba’

Artemisia caerulescens subsp. gallica

Artemisia ludoviciana ‘Valerie Finnis’

Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’

Asphodelus fistulosus

Briza media

Calamintha nepeta

Cerastium tomentosum

Cistus pulverulentus ‘Delilei’

Cistus purpureus

Cistus salviifolius ‘Bonifacio’

Cistus x argenteus ‘Paper Moon’

Cucurbita pepo (courgette)

Cynara cardunculus

Cynara scolymus (artichoke)

Deschampsia cespitosa

Dianella caerulea

Euphorbia characias ‘Black Pearl’

Euphorbia myrsinites

Ferula communis glauca

Festuca glauca

Foeniculum vulgare (fennel)

Fragaria vesca (strawberry)

Glycyrrhiza glabra (liquorice)

Iris pallida

Lavandula angustifolia

Lavandula dentata

Lavandula ‘Folgate’

Linum usitatissimus

Lippia citrodora (lemon verbena)

Lysimachia atropurpurea

Marrubium supinum

Melanoselinum decipiens

Mentha spicata

Mentha x piperita f. citrata ‘Chocolate’

Nepeta ‘Purrsian Blue’

Nepeta x faassenii ‘Walkers Low’

Origanum compactum

Papaver somniferum ‘Maanzaad’

Phlomis bourgei

Phlomis italica

Phlomis ‘Marina’

Phyla nodiflora var. canescens

Pimpinella major ‘Rosea’

Ridolfi a segetum

Rosa rugosa

  Salvia chamaedroydes var. isochroma

  Salvia greggii ‘Lemon Light’

  Salvia officinalis (sage)

  Salvia sclarea ‘Vatican White’ (clary sage)

  Satureja montana

  Satureja thymbra

  Solanum lycopersicum (tomato)

  Stachys byzantina

  Stipa gigantea

  Tanacetum parthenium

  Teucrium flavum

  Thymus serpyllum ‘Pink Chintz’

  Trachelospermum jasminoides

  Tulbaghia violacea

  Verbena rigida

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