I have always loved flowers and plants but got somewhat distracted by a career in finance for a number of years and living in London with a very small garden meant I had little chance to indulge my passion. A welcome career break to have a family, accompanied by a move to the countryside meant that I finally had the chance to develop my frustrated interest into something more focused. I started by working on my own garden, a lovely 4 acre site on the Hampshire/Berkshire borders and soon realised that my layman’s knowledge needed expanding.
I moved on to learn more about plants, planting and design through extensive self-study, hands on practical gardening, courses with the RHS, Sarah Raven, London College of Garden Design and KLC Design School. I continue to develop and expand my knowledge through constant reading and visiting local nurseries and flower shows as well as the practical lessons I learn from gardening itself. I am continually fascinated by the changes in my own garden as well as the many others I visit both home and abroad. I am also a pre-registered member of the Society of Garden Designers and regularly attend their Designer Development Days.
In my own garden I have developed my own style of ‘country garden’ planting and design, which can include more formal areas, such as a rose garden; along with more relaxed areas for dining and children’s play areas. I am a passionate believer in gardens being practical and useful and have developed a kitchen garden, including a herb garden, as well as expanding on an existing old orchard. I always try to work with nature, choosing plants that are easy to plant and maintain as well as ones that help sustain the natural wildlife like bees and birds. I opened my garden for Naomi House in 2014 and on Sunday 14th June 2015 for the NGS and Naomi House.
I love working with people and hearing their thoughts about their own outdoor space. I set up My Country Garden Design Solutions to help people create a garden that brings them as much joy as mine does to me. I offer a variety of services from a review of your existing garden and how it could be easily enhanced and improved, through to a full redesign of your garden. We have won Client Service awards from design website Houzz for two years running, attesting to our focus on putting our clients first!