Vialii Garden Design was launched in 2007 by Michael and Jill Burt as a sister company of Vialii Garden Services. Michael and Jill felt there was a gap in the market for good quality garden design which could then be built by the same company, ensuring the garden remains true to the vision and providing a “one-stop shop” for clients.
Vialii have designed a wide array of gardens from large sprawling gardens in the country to modest back yards in the suburbs as well as several community gardens including Provost’s Park in Bridge of Allan. Vialii Garden Design have been featured in Scottish Homes & Interiors magazine where they highlighted the benefits of good garden design and have featured regularly in the Bridge of Allan Times in recent years. Michael and Jill married in their own garden in September 2010 and their daughters Lulu and Tilda “joined” the family business soon after. The name “Vialii” comes from one of their favourite flowers – Primula vialii.
Michael’s background is as a Structural Engineer but he decided to take the leap into running his own business in 2006. Already a keen gardener, Michael decided to make his hobby a full time business and launched a garden maintenance business which quickly became an established and trusted brand providing garden maintenance throughout the central belt. With his structural background, eye for design and hard landscaping skills a move into garden design and landscaping was an obvious expansion for the business. Michael is a keen organic gardener and loves pottering about their veg patch and is a member of the RHS.
Jill worked in Retail for over 17 years as a buyer before having Lulu in 2012 and deciding to join the family business. Jill works closely with Michael on all designs, meeting clients and developing concepts whilst juggling the many balls necessary in keeping a business and family running smoothly! Her love of plants suits pulling planting plans together and creating plant care sheets for clients. Jill is a Friend of the Society of Garden Designers. Jill’s favourite time of year is May when the sun is (hopefully) starting to warm the garden, plants are bursting into life and the Chelsea Flower Show inspires us all.
From a very early age, Lulu has shown a keen interest in gardens and wildlife. She regularly helps out with all tasks involved in keeping her garden tidy as well as harvesting and sampling many of the wide range of fruit and veg grown there. She is also a keen tracker of wildlife in the garden with snails being a particular favourite. Lulu has already been to visit many gardens and her favourites include the botanic gardens at Logan, the Garden of Southern Hemisphere and Glenwhan Gardens.
Click here to read “Lulu’s Garden”, her very own gardening blog.
Like her sister, Tilda has no choice but to love gardens. At the moment she loves chasing her sister around gardens and playing peek a boo round trees. Her favourite gardens so far include Alnwick Gardens, Drummond Castle Gardens and Levens Hall Gardens. Tilda suggests that all gardens have a bubble machine included in their garden design.
From driving to barrowing materials, digging to planting, Daniel is always at hand to help the Team give your garden an amazing make-over. When he’s not busy working for Vialii, you will most likely find Daniel taking part in one of the many sports he loves. From rugby, football and hill climbing to the more extreme sports of kayaking, diving and rock climbing, there’s not much that Daniel won’t try!
Ruairidh joined us in 2017 and is assisting the landscaping team in bringing our designs to life. From a farming background in the Highlands, Ruairidh has a natural love of being outdoors. On his down time from Vialii he likes fly fishing, including coaching others, and has a keen interest in classic cars.
Jack also joined us in 2017 and brings some Kiwi happiness to the team. When he’s not working hard on our landscaping make-overs you will most likely find him on the cricket field (either playing or looking after the grounds!) Jack is also following in his grandfather’s footsteps and runs a cricket bat repair service. Not such a silly mid-off!