Originally trained in performing and decorative arts, Franchesca realised her fascination with combining biological life and art by retraining as a landscape designer at the age of 23. Since then she has never lost her obsession with this most ephemeral of artforms. Her commissions range from residences, apartments and private estates to hotels, located all over Southern Africa to the Seychelles and North America.
Well known and in demand for her cool sophisticated design and stylish planting schemes, the gardens have a certain intangible magic. She is fascinated with the ability of gardens to connect humans and nature, and the process of building gardens that combine beauty, architecture and art with ecologically sound principles. To this end, Franchesca uses processes, materials and plants appropriate to the site and general environment. Her philosophy is that to be truly sustainable, a garden needs to be right first time around, and so she designs to suit the architecture and ambience.
Over the years, she has designed and built gardens in many climatic zones, mostly in contemporary and neo-classical styles, creating gardens that display her innate understanding of drama, architecture and proportion and using her profound plant knowledge.