Here you can read all about me and my career in horticulture and design spanning more than 20 years. My training began in 1996 when I enrolled on the RHS’ General Certificate in Horticulture course at Hadlow College in Kent which I passed with distinction. I went on to work as a trainee gardener for 18 months with English Heritage at Down House in Kent (former home of Charles Darwin). I then became a professional Gardener and built up my knowledge and experience at a couple of private gardens later becoming Head Gardener at Michelham Priory, owned by the Sussex Archaeological Society in East Sussex.
The experience and knowledge gained as a professional horticulturalist and gardener underpin my successful shift into landscape and garden design. In 2016 I graduated from Hadlow College and the University of Greenwich with an HND (dist) and BA (Hons) in Landscape Architecture and Garden Design. I am now a pre-registered member of the Society of Garden Designers and am working towards full registration.
National Gardens Scheme
In addition to my career in garden design I am also a voluntary Assistant County Organiser for the National Gardens Scheme in East Sussex. The NGS supports nursing and gardening charities in the UK. My role as an ACO is to liaise with and look after a number of garden owners who open their private gardens to the public for the NGS each year. This gives me the perfect opportunity to meet like-minded gardeners and plant lovers and to learn more about their gardens and how they design and manage them.
CDP (Continuing Professional Development)
My CDP as a designer is extremely important to me and I take full advantage of opportunities to broaden my knowledge whenever I can. I believe, as a garden designer, it is my responsibility to my clients to keep up-to-date with new products, trends and technologies within the industry. This I do through the Society of Garden Designers’ regional meetings and Designer Development Days as well as visiting shows such as Chelsea and Hampton Court.
I believe the knowledge that I have acquired over the last 20 years has given me a firm understanding of what will work and what won’t work when designing outdoor spaces with plants and hard landscaping materials.