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 and have appeared regularly in the Bridge of Allan Times. 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.
Joe joined us in 2017 and brings a wealth of experience in gardening and enjoys getting his sleeves rolled up and working hard to help transform our clients’ gardens. Joe also adds a smile in our gardens and has been seen moon-walking as he works! Outwith Vialii, Joe enjoys watching football and playing pool.