Creating Gardens with style

Gardening StilringWild At Heart Gardening specialise in Garden Design and are here to turn your garden into a place you’ll love. Whether you are looking to create your own outdoor sanctuary or a stylish addition to your home, you can trust us to create the garden you’ve always wanted.

Gardening is my life’s work. I have been a professional gardener for nearly thirty years. After horticultural college, I trained at The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh and later worked as Head Gardener with the National Trust for Scotland. I founded Wild At Heart Gardening in 1996.

My expertise

I often describe myself as a plantsman gardener. I have expert knowledge of plants, soil conditions, and the use of natural materials in gardens. Choosing the right plants and materials for the conditions makes all the difference as to whether a new garden design will thrive or not. It also means that I can help, whatever size of garden you have and whether you are looking to simply enhance an existing garden or create an entirely new one. I like to use natural, locally sourced materials wherever possible. I am a member of the Japanese Garden Society and the Scottish Rock Garden Club.

My inspiration

I love nature. I’m a rambler at heart and have trekked across many inspirational landscapes both in Scotland and all over the world. If a particular view catches my eye or I see a beautiful feature like a waterfall, I make sure I take a photo and use these images when I’m back home to help inspire my designs.

I also like to keep up with the latest gardening styles. Clients are now asking for an ever more varied range of designs and features for their gardens. I still take inspiration from the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh but also look to leading contemporary gardeners to keep up-to-date. Most recently, I’ve also fallen for the pristine simplicity of traditional Japanese gardens.

What my clients say

'My experience of Mike is extraordinary. He designed and built a Japanese styled garden for us. From the beginning it was obvious that Mike had a deep understanding of Japanese gardens and a capability in understanding what we were looking for and in providing us with a garden that exceeded our expectations.'
Robert Henderson, Stirling.
'We have a large garden which ... required someone who could help on a very practical level whilst assisting in the design of the garden which would be pleasing to the eye and as low maintenance as possible. Mike is able to provide all that. As far as we are concerned he is something of a godsend.'
Mr & Mrs Power, Edinburgh
'Mike Hastie made over a small town centre garden for me. It had been unusable - overgrown with tree roots, bramble, ivy and bindweed, and a former pond had fallen in. He worked with me to devise a practicable scheme within my budget. He used my basic ideas about shapes and materials, he developed these on site and found ingenious and attractive ways of solving problems.'
Dr Taylor, Stirling
Mike Hastie from Wild at Heart Garden Design, Edinburgh and Stirling

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