About Allison

Allison ArmourAllison Armour was born in Paris and raised in New York, where she attended the Parsons School of Design, before coming to London to study at the Architectural Association. It was here that her love of gardens, outdoor sculptures and water began to develop.

Then, in 1999, “I was happily doing up my present house and couldn’t find a water feature I liked for my own garden – so I decided to make one myself.” Since then, she has designed stainless steel fountains, water features, mobiles and sculptures, obelisks, pergolas and even acrylic rowing boats – “a great favourite with children, since they can watch the fish” – and completed large scale corporate commissions across the world.

Her first piece, Aquasphere, was a water filled acrylic globe shimmering in the middle of a water-filled circular dish. ”It had a wonderful way of reflecting the world upside down and scattering rainbows all over the walls of the house. Friends loved it, so I took some photographs and sent them to a magazine.”

At the time, there were little or no water features using acrylic and stainless steel, so Allison’s work was instantly thrown into the limelight, where it has constantly remained.

Allison is also a strong advocate of community service and donates a lot of her time and efforts to giving back to her community. She is a gardening teacher to young girls at Girls Inc, nonprofit organization that encourages all girls to be “Strong, Smart, and Bold” through direct service and advocacy. Allison is also an active board member for Sarah House, a non-profit that provides a beautiful home for end of life care to low income residents of Santa Barbara County.

Exhibitions of Artwork

Hampton Court Flower Show (1999) artworks in Society of Garden Designers
Duchess of Devonshire’s 85th Birthday Exhibition (2000) The Chelsea Gardener, London; 7 of my works
Chelsea Flower Show (2000) Allison Armour-Wilson’s Garden of Reflection, Silver Medal
House & Garden Fair, Olympia (2000) Double C’s exhibited in Stephen Woodhams’ Garden
Joanna Booth Gallery, London (2001) Fountain Society exhibition
Southampton Boat Show (since 2001) Extreme Exhibitions
Chelsea Flower Show (2001) Allison Armour-Wilson’s Xceptional Garden, Bronze Medal
Art on Show, Air Gallery, Cork Street, London (October 2001)
Chicago Flower & Garden Show (2003) The Chicago Garden
Boston Garden Show, MA (2005)
Urban Gardens, Olympia (May 2005)
Moya Bucknall Fine Art, Solihull (2004-2005)
Hampstead Garden Center (Winter 2004-2005) Aqualens
Highland Gallery, Carmel, CA (Autumn 2005-2009)
Hart Gallery, Palm Desert, CA (Autumn 2005-2009)

Public Art

Hotels and Restaurants

Four Seasons Hotel, Orlando, Florida, USA
Hotel Sofitel Le Louise, Brussels, Belgium
Lygon Arms Hotel, Broadway UK – Mesa Fountain
Whatley Manor Hotel, Malmesbury UK – Aqualens
Cotswold Hotel, Cotswold UK – Aqualens
Summerlodge Hotels (Cape Town, South Africa, Dorset, England)
12 Apostles, Cape Town, South Africa
Midi Station Restaurant, Brussels, Belgium
The Old Government House– Guernsey
Billesley Manor, Alcester UK
Four Seasons Nevis, West Indies
Pennyhill Park Hotel, Surrey, UK
Four Seasons Cyprus
Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK
New Mandarin, Berkley Square, London – Aqualens
Le Westin Montreal Hotel, Montreal, Canada
Ashford Castle, Ireland
Hotel Setai, 5th Avenue, NYC
Mriya Resort and Spa, Crimea – Star Sculpture
Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City, Dubai

Hospitals

St Thomas’ Hospital, London – Aqualens
Southampton Hospital, Southampton – Aqualens, stainless steel spheres, courtyard special commission – acrylic & stainless steel “Sails” sculpture
Evesham Community Hospital, Worcestershire, UK
Exeter Hospital, Devon
Bedford Hospital, Bedford
CHASE Hospice, Bedford
St Catherine’s Hospice, Crawley
Princess Alice Hospice, Esher, UK
Trepassey Residential Care Home, Heswall, England, UK
Mt Nittany Medical Center Healing Garden, State College PA, USA – Aqualens
Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital, Goleta, CA, USA – Raised Aqualens
East Texas Medical Center Tyler, TX, USA
Nunnally House, Southeast Georgia Healthcare System, Brunswick, GA, USA
All Seasons Hospice Garden, Surrey UK

Schools and Universities

University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA – Steel Eye
Broomsgrove School, Worcestershire UK
University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA – Aqualens
Sberbank Corporate University, Moscow – Steel Eye, Moongate, Concentric Circles
State University Moscow – Special Commission
Walton Oak School, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey UK

Corporate Headquarters and Commercial Spaces

Frimley Business Park, Surrey, England 2013
BMW Showroom, Oxford UK
Cilloni Verdi, Emilia Romagna, Italy
121 St George’s Square, London, UK
Tower Bridge Business Complex, London, UK
Pioneer Ridge Independent Living, Lawrence, KS, USA
Barratt Homes – artworks for show house gardens
Al-Mutahidah Twin Towers, Qatar
Richard Noble Landscapes – artworks for show flats
Sixt car hire headquarters, Germany – Aqualens
Flager Village, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA
Pacific Collection Homes, Seven Bridges, Delray Beach FL, USA
The Point, Panama City, Panama – Special Commission

Shopping Malls

Crocus Shopping Mall, Moscow 2012
Monroeville Mall, Pennsylvania
Il Leone Shopping Mall in Lonato, Italy
Exchange at Pocket Park, Fort Lauderdale, FL – set of 3 Aqualenses in Wall of Water feature

Casinos and Nightclubs

Elevate Nightclub, New Delhi
MGM Mirage, Las Vegas
Sammy’s Caliente, Las Vegas

Other

British Embassy, Luxembourg – Aqualens
Heritage Museum, Sandwich, MA – Aqualens
Turkish Presidential Palace, Ak Saray
Sochi, Russia: Olympic Memorial
Fisher Gallery: A-Design Award Winning Garden
Richard Starkey aka Ringo Starr, Surrey, UK
Lord Phillimore, Oxford, UK
HRH Prince Saud bin Fahad bin Abdul Aziz
Kingsland Wildflower Rooftop Garden & Habitat, Brooklyn, NY, USA
King of Sweden Summer Palace, Sollidens Slot, Island of Öland
Crystal Serenity cruise ship – special Aqualens

Media Coverage

Newspaper and Magazine Articles

Newspaper and Magazine Articles
Sunday Times Style (2)
Gardens Illustrated (3)
House & Garden (4)
Financial Times (3)
Country Homes & Interiors (2)
Elle Decoration (2)
Garden Inspirations
New Eden (2)
Homes & Gardens (6)
The London Magazine
The English Garden (4)
Garden Design (US) (2)
Rosennyt (Denmark)
Country Life
Garden Answers (2)
Daily Telegraph (7)

Evening Standard (3)
Sunday Express Magazine
25 Beautiful Homes (3)
Daily Telegraph Magazine (2)
Garden Design Journal (US)
Times Magazine
Washington Post (US)
Eden (Germany)
Architectural Digest (Germany)
Your Garden
Gardens Monthly
Independent
Mail on Sunday
Farmers Weekly
Sussex Life
Santa Barbara Magazine, Home + Garden, 2016
Homes & Garden, September 2000
The English Garden, April 2001

TV and Radio

BBC 2 – Homefront in the Garden
ITV 1 – The Richard and Judy Show
BBC 2 – Real Rakeovers
Channel 4 – Chelsea Flower Show Week (2000 & 2001)
ITV 1 (Meridian) – Live Interview in Chelsea Flower Show Week
Garden Answers
MTV Live Interview
Sky News – voted me best garden at Chelsea Flower Show 2000
Russian TV – live interview
Swedish TV – Live, Radio 4 Worcester – Live

Books

Garden Design by John Brookes
Das Garten Der Kunstlerin by Charlotte Seeling