Following her initial art school training Ruth's life long design career began in theatre and film production. She also styled commercials and advertising photography and ran a flower design and decoration company.

After training in Garden and Planting Design at the English Gardening School and Capel Manor, in 2000 she set up Couture Gardens.

Initially a garden design and construction service in London , she later moved to Dorset and set up a Landscape Design and landscaping service. She is equally at home in town or country gardens and travels to her clients, including those overseas.

Photographs and articles about Couture Gardens have featured in British gardens press, publications and books. Ruth has taught Garden Design to private students and in further education.