Having achieved a BA Hons in Landscape & Garden Design at UCS based at Otley in Suffolk in 2014 I am now studying for RHS Horticulture exams at Beth Chatto gardens which will be completed in June 2018. Since qualifying I have been working on varying design projects including a planting project in 2015 for ActivGardens charity in Chantry Park, Ipswich for their Accessible Garden centred around plants for birds and pollinating insects.
My early life was spent in rural Suffolk where my parents planted a vineyard and this is where my interest in plants began – time spent outside observing nature and helping in the garden and vineyard. After 10 years working in public relations in London I had the opportunity to study horticulture for six months at the New York Botanical Gardens in 1997 which encouraged me to develop my interest into a new career once my children where older.
I am inspired by many things both traditional and modern in art, architecture and building materials and of course I am endlessly fascinated by plants. My gardening heroes – and there are many – include William Robinson, Gertrude Jekyll, James van Sweden & Wolfgang Oehme, Beth Chatto and Piet Oudolf. I believe plants should be part of everyone’s life – at home, in public spaces, school, work and especially in hospitals and care homes – as we all know the benefits they bring. In helping clients with their gardens, I try to ensure where possible that the plants we choose also help to sustain life for beneficial birds, insects and wildlife.
I am a Pre-Registered member of the Society of Garden Designers.
My entry for the Long Border competition, ‘Mind The Gap – Keep bees on the move’ for RHS Chatsworth 2018 will be my first show.