My interest began as a child when I spent time in the garden with my grandmother at her cottage, Rosevale. She inspired and encouraged me to take home small seedlings or unwanted plants to grow in my “patch” in my parent’s garden. When I first had a garden of my own, I had little knowledge, but I enthusiastically set to work. I had some success in creating an outdoor space for my young family to enjoy. Boy what joy we had in digging our own potatoes, cooking, and eating them! And the sunflowers and dahlias were fabulous!
I had grown up in the countryside and always taken it for granted. However, as time passed I developed an awareness of the benefits of being outside, enjoying the landscape around me and noticing the changing seasons.
As my children grew up, I became more and more passionate about the positive experiences we were enjoying.
My skills were improving, and it dawned on me that if I could become professionally trained, I might be able to help others in creating valuable spaces in their own gardens. Time to return to education!
I initially attained a degree in Horticulture with Plantsmanship and Design, before gaining practical experience at Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants, a 24 times RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winning perennial nursery in Hampshire. I have since specialised, following further study at the London College of Garden Design and now design gardens in Hampshire and surrounding counties. I get great pleasure from creating peaceful spaces for relaxation, gardens for families, for socialising, for encouraging wildlife and with long seasonal interest. These are all developed individually, paying careful consideration to the client’s brief.
In any spare time, I enjoy visiting gardens, exploring nurseries and spending time in nature, soaking up inspiration for my designs.