I have been developing a passion for gardens and gardening over the last 30 years and have recently made a career change to garden design.
Over the last few years I have created several gardens for my family and friends. This led to attending a garden design evening class at Sawston Village College in January 2015. In July 2016 I graduated from the one-year Diploma at the London College of Garden Design, based at Kew Gardens.
Collaborative by nature, I feel strongly that creating a garden should be shared: between the client, the designer and the contractor. Facilitating a good working relationship right from the start is key to a successful project.
I am a true ‘people person’ – able to listen actively to what you want and help you create something beautiful but practical to suit your needs.
During my years of gardening, and especially over the last year of studying garden design, I have found many sources of inspiration – from the beautiful naturalistic ‘prairie’ planting of Piet Oudolf and Noel Kingsbury to the more structured use of hard landscape materials and minimal plant choices seen in Tom Stuart-Smith’s garden designs. However, I also love the ‘country garden’ look perfected by Gertrude Jekyll and Vita Sackville-West.
Each garden is individual, both to its surroundings and to its owners. The variety that this demands is what makes garden design so exciting and rewarding. I aim to create gardens that are true to the needs and desires of their owners and that sit harmoniously in their environment. Working in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way is very important to me.
To see images and gardens that have inspired me, click on the green square for the left-hand menu, and choose ‘Inspirations’.
I wrote an article about how I started my business for the December 2016-January 2017 issue of Sawston Scene magazine. Read or download the article.