Christian is an award-winning landscape designer, licensed contractor, and urban farmer. For over 22 years he has created beautiful and productive outdoor spaces. Combining his formal training in classical design and his passion for sustainable agriculture, Christian has created innovative landscapes in his native England, Jordan, Nepal, Australia, and throughout the United States, with food at the heart.
Christian co-owned a design and fine gardening company in the U.K for 12 years, winning awards at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show. His primary work focused on the redesign and construction of country estates and London Townhouses. Leaving the UK in 2008, he traveled the world learning strategies for farming and survival in desert environments while working and teaching for both for-profit and non-profit farms and education centers. He was constantly inspired by the common connection cultures have to their environment and growing food. This inspiration moved him to relocate to Marin County, in Northern California, in 2012, where he opened The Backyard Farm Co, an edible landscaping business that creates urban farms and teaches families how to grow their own food.
Christian’s passion for the integration of food, responsible land use, and people are at the heart of his designs. His innate curiosity and depth of experience allow him to assist clients in developing environments where style and food live together. Christian believes that food forward design creates a nurturing outdoor space, a connection to the growing of one’s own food, a place to share memories, sustain families, and build community.