Keyscape Design and Construction is owned and managed by husband and wife team Rupert Keys and Ruth Gwynn.
Rupert started as a young lad working for Cheltenham Parks Department as a labouring gardener. Having learnt the basics from the roots, Rupert went on to do a full-time course at Pershore College of Horticulture.
Whilst at college Rupert was a major team player in building the award-winning show garden ‘The Greening of Industry’ at the 1992 Chelsea Flower Show. The first and only year a group of students have won Best in Show and the Fiskar Sword of Excellence.
Since leaving college Rupert set up Keyscape Design and Construction back in 1993 joined by his wife Ruth Gwynn in 1999. Bitten by the bug of show gardens Rupert has gone on to build many award-winning show gardens at some of the top gardening shows in the country.
Rupert has also been the landscape expert on many BBC gardening programmes both on camera and behind the scenes. TV appearances include Real Rake-Overs, Flying Gardener, Housecall and Weekend Gardener. He has also been asked to contribute to articles for the gardening magazine Gardening Which.
Ruth pursued her interest in design by attending Hereford Art College, where she trained in general art and design. After several years working in the fashion and graphic world she went back to her old love, gardening. Ruth was determined to learn the basics so started as a worker in a house plant nursery. After a year she enrolled on a full-time landscape design course at Pershore College of Horticulture.
After graduating she worked for the leading garden designer Julian Dowle before joining a large multi-national engineering company, Halcrow. Whilst working for Halcrow she studied to become a landscape architect leaving with a post-graduate diploma in Landscape Architecture (Dip LA ) in 1996.
Now Ruth undertakes much of the design work for Keyscape. She is passionate about plants and good design.