Nigel Philips trained at Merrist Wood College and has been practicing landscape and garden design professionally since 1981. His experience has afforded him a Fellowship with the Society of Garden Designers, and he is a Designer Member of BALI (British Association of Landscape Industries)

His broad knowledge and enthusiasm for garden design and garden history is apparent in his designs and has led him naturally to teaching. He currently teaches at Plumpton College and has lectured at the Royal Horticultural Society. He has given talks at The Hampton Court Flower Show, for the Countryside Living Association, and House and Garden Show, as well as a number of local horticultural societies.