About

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I have always been interested in horticulture, in part because my grandparents involved me in their garden and my mum was always a keen and capable gardener. I was lucky to be introduced to horticulture at a young age, although this is not the only reason I love it. I am very grateful to my family for opening my eyes to the magic and enjoyment of horticulture at an early stage.

This has meant that in later life I was able to turn a passion into a career. Having spent 25 years in IT as a Solution Architect in the airport industry, I made the decision to change career path, retrain as a garden designer and explore my passion for plants and design.

I trained at Plumpton College, under Nigel Philips and Amanda Patton, two of the industries show garden medal winning designers, and qualified with a distinction in Garden Design. I then went on to further study at the London College of Garden Design and graduated with a distinction in Planting Design. The course was led by Director Andrew Fisher Tomlin and included lectures from some of the UK’s leading designers – James Basson, Jo Thompson, Kate Gould, Paul Hervey-Brookes, Carolyn Willitts, Ann-Marie Powell and Amanda Patton to name but a few.

I am based in Haywards Heath, West Sussex and work throughout the South of England. I have a wide range of horticultural experience, and pride myself on my client-focussed, responsive approach. I am particularly keen on creating gardens which work with the surrounding environment and act seamlessly as an extension to the house, consequently often also enhancing its value.  I come with fresh ideas, yet a respect for tradition, and will work closely with you to realise the potential of your garden.

Qualifications and Memberships

Professional Diploma in Garden Design, Plumpton College

Planting Design Diploma, London College of Garden Design

RHS Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture

Member of the Society of Garden Designers

Member of the British Association of Landscape Industries

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