I graduated from the London College of Garden Design 2015 with distinction, and I am a pre-registered member of the Society of Garden Designers (SGD).
Now based in East Sussex, having recently relocated from Buckinghamshire, I have experience designing small, urban gardens in London through to larger, much more rural gardens of the Home Counties. Recent designs have been for clients in Ealing, Barnes, Harpenden, Beaconsfield, Chorleywood and Chalfont St Peter. For several years now, I have also been producing garden design visuals for TV garden makeover programmes. Garden Design is my second career having spent 15 years in marketing and public relations, most recently as an international agency director based in Moscow, Kiev and finally London.
My real passion is for outdoor spaces that look natural and established, where the human/designer hand is less obvious and where nature has been allowed – within reason – to blur the edges and take back a bit of control. I particularly like gravel gardens, woodlands and prairie-style planting which I think work particularly well alongside more structural – and more obviously human-imposed – planting elements such as evergeen hedging and topiary, but executed in a modern way. Gardens should be as wildlife- and pollinator-friendly as possible, acknowledging that this isn’t always about flowers in summer but can be about providing shelter for insects and seedheads for birds and insect-life in winter. A year-round planting ‘infrastructure’ is essential in any successful garden to ensure that in the winter months we are still experiencing and enjoying our gardens, albeit in different ways, and sometime simply through a window.
In my use of materials, I prefer those that are natural, which age well, have texture and context, and continue to evolve in a garden environment such as timber, steel and natural stone and paving. It is important to remember that, unlike a kitchen or a bathroom, gardens have to contend with ever-changing weather and wildlife and are generally renovated less often than interior spaces so need to be durable and last longer. Gardens, and the process of their construction, should be as sustainable as possible; I try to minimise waste onsite, advocate the reuse of existing materials, use materials from sustainable sources, and always look to incorporate permeable paving or gravel to aid drainage.