Bill Bensley Design

Bill Bensley

Bill's interest in gardens dates back to just shortly after he learned to walk. By age four, his father taught him how to grip a hoe, and since then his duties in gardens around the world have never ceased. As a student at California State Polytechnic, Pomona, it came as no surprise when he graduated with a degree in landscape architecture in 1981. During his senior year, he also earned the highest accolades awarded undergraduates by the American Society of Landscape Architects, which include a full Harvard Fellows Scholarship. Upon completing his Master Degree from Harvard in 1984, Bill began his career in Asia with Belt Collins & Associates in Singapore, where he supervised numerous landscape projects throughout the region, eventually taking the post of Managing Director of their Hong Kong office in 1987.

Since opening BDS in 1989, his reputation has steadily grown throughout the region for his near encyclopedic horticultural knowledge as well as his use and adaptation of ethnic art forms. Bill is a dedicated Asian-phile, travels extensively around the region, and continues to study and adapt his work to the unique characteristics and cultures of the countries served by BDS. He loves languages, and has a basic understanding of both Thai and Indonesia. He loves his job and takes great joy in building long-term relationships with clients and their gardeners, allowing BDS to continuously improve the gardens they create. "A garden is never finished." Is the way Bill explains his approach, "and that is the only way to see a garden's full potential."

" I find no greater satisfaction than to return to one of our gardens and to find that it is has grown and matured. "