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 first opened my garden for Naomi House Children’s Hospice in 2014 and have been opening it since 2015 for the National Garden Scheme (‘NGS’) both on Open Days and for group visits. If you wish to visit my garden as a group (minimum number of 10 attendees) please contact [email protected]
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 three years running, attesting to our focus on putting our clients first!