About me


IMG_20180917_122606_799Hi, I hope you enjoy the blog. My name is Catarina Gonçalves, I’m a Garden Designer, from Portugal currently living in Ericeira.

I’ve graduated from Greenwich University in 2006, I love everything to do with design, gardens, and plants. And of course, outdoor living, decoration, and furniture are elements I enjoy a lot when working with clients.

Since 2007 I’m the chief editor of a Portuguese magazine Tudo Sobre Jardins, landscape architecture and garden design focus edition that I’m very proud of. If you curious follow the link (it’s mainly in Portuguese but we do have a digital bilingual edition). Every year I go to RHS Chelsea Flower Show, it’s the highlight of the season.

Since 2017 that I wanted to create a blog or a website so I could share my experiences not only as a garden designer but mainly how I developed my projects, how I create my renderings and animations. So in 2018, I started Garden Design Tools blog. In every profession, we are always working to improve our self and my main objective is to show what I learn in this more than 10 years. My search for the best programs and software to use in my projects had a lot to do with the fact that I’m not very good at drawing. And they didn’t represent the quality that I wanted to show my clients. After all these years I think I found a very good solution not only in terms of the finished images but in terms of speed as well.

I will talk about other things as well like apps I use so if you have any suggestions or questions don’t hesitate to send me an email.