The Pictorial Meadows concept was born some 20 years ago out of an intensive research programme initially undertaken by Professor Nigel Dunnett of the University of Sheffield – the world’s leading centre on naturalistic planting.

The early work was based around developing visually beautiful meadows that would thrive on average garden soils but not require the ‘starvation’ regime normally associated with traditional wildflower meadows. To achieve this, a radically different approach to meadow landscapes emerged which combined ecology with design. Experimental plots established here in Sheffield quickly spread to many other areas, provided a means of developing continually improving  designs along side establishment and care  techniques which have helped to make this new approach accessible to everyone.

RHS Harlow Carr Gardens

A beautiful display of Pictorial Meadows annual mixes at RHS Harlow Carr in Harrogate

Since 2004 Pictorial Meadows has been part owned by the University of Sheffield and the environmental social enterprise, Green Estate. Far more than just a seed supplier, the company is unique in being made up of experienced landscape architects, researchers, horticulturalists and landscape managers. This allows us to not only offer you the very best and newest meadow products on the market, but provide the specialist design, establishment  and maintenance skills to see them flourish!

Pictorial Meadows in Trentham Gardens

The Trentham Estate ‘Capability Brown’ meadow in bloom – BBC News Feature

Our Products, knowledge and services are now used to produce beautiful displays of naturalistic planting and meadow establishment right across the country and increasingly in Europe. Over 200 councils, hundreds of commercial organisations, together with many sporting arenas and land owners now regularly buy our products – many of them requesting our full service from consultation to implementation and maintenance.

Success can be measured in various ways but for us there is no better gauge than the hundreds of glowing testimonials we receive every year from our happy customers!

“It looked really fantastic last year with hundreds of compliments received”

We hope that you enjoy exploring this website and join us in making your very own Pictorial Meadow.