I’ve been gardening for the better part of the past 30 years and, in 2013, after more than 20 years in law publishing, I decided to turn a part-time passion into a full-time activity. A few months later, I left my job as editor of Britain’s longest-running magazine for solicitors to train as a garden designer.
While continuing to work as a London-based legal affairs journalist, I travelled around Europe, visited gardens, and – having qualified as a ski instructor along the way – spent a few winter seasons in the Alps.
After three years with Capel Manor College, I emerged with a garden design diploma in my pocket. Halfway through, I started my own garden design business and I also joined the gardening team at Queen Mary’s Gardens, in Regent’s Park, as a volunteer gardener – I can still be found there once a week, digging, planting, pruning or mulching, depending on the time of year.
Earlier this year, in January 2022, Capel Manor also invited me to join their teaching team, and I am now lecturing on garden design three days a week.
Whether you are just looking for input and new ideas from a professionally qualified garden designer, for a new planting scheme, or for a complete redesign, I can probably help. Just drop me a line.