Umbria & Tuscany


Before emigrating to Umbria, Richard ran a successful landscape garden business in London throughout the 80’s and early 90’s. Since then he has delivered many custom landscaping projects throughout Umbria and Tuscany including the design of his own gardens at La Buia.

With a finely honed appreciation of local materials and timeless design principles, coupled with his artistic eye, Richard’s Italian gardens and landscapes meld seamlessly into their surroundings, bringing to life new from old.


Tenuta CastelGiocondo
Tuscany / Italy
Palazzo Ricci
Italy / (In progress)
Tenuta Collazzi
Tuscany / Italy
Tenuta Perano
Tuscany / Italy
Umbria / Italy
Umbria / Italy
Tuscany / Italy
Tenuta Luce
Tuscany / Italy
La Buia – Umbria
Umbria / Italy
Umbria / Italy
  • ‘A few weeks ago, I was with some guests having a drink admiring the sunset at our Luce winery in Montalcino.

    The sunset was amazing, the ambience where we were was just lovely, everything was in balance. None of my guests had the feeling that the garden, the terrace or the plants were newly planted 15 months ago. Before there was nothing, not even a tree!

    This is the talent of Richard. Creating a garden, an ambience that embraces you and gives you the feeling that everything had been there forever. After that first experience with Richard I asked him for his expertise for another garden in Tuscany, the result is magnificent. Thank you Richard!’

    Lamberto Frescobadi

    Landscape Client
  • ‘Richard designed and planted the gardens and olive grove of our home throughout 2009 and ’10. We bought a 12th C. castle in Umbria that needed complete renovation, including the gardens.

    It was a big project from start to finish that Richard managed skilfully and on budget.

    Almost 10 years on, we are still delighted with the ever-evolving results and still use Richard on a consultative basis.’

    Landscape Client


Richard Shelbourne
Landscape Designer



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