‘In search of my mother’s garden, I found my own.’ Alice Walker
My passion for gardens was established during a childhood spent in the garden and on the allotment, where I learned the names of plants from my mother, and watched her conjure asparagus, loganberries and fan-trained peaches from the unpromising soil of a grey Midlands town.
The first garden I designed was the baking-hot, terracotta courtyard of our first house in Bristol, with reclaimed brick sitting-walls and aromatic Mediterranean planting.
After this came a traditional family garden, complete with a lawn, willow-hurdle screens and wide flower borders. Here I learned to deal with tricky clay soil and the deep shade cast by tall, Georgian townhouses.
Over the past ten years, along with raising our family, I have been restoring the lost garden of an ancient Rectory, gradually uncovering the bones of a once-magnificent garden; a real-life Secret Garden, which had been all but lost to Nature.
I trained as a professional Garden Designer at the prestigious Garden Design School based at the Botanic Gardens in Bristol, where I was coached by Robin Templar-Williams and Moira Farnham, two of the UK’s leading practising Garden Designers. I was awarded a Professional Garden Design Diploma, and graduated with Distinction.