Since studying garden design at Merrist Wood College in 2001, the business of creating beautiful gardens for my clients has enabled me to combine several of my passions – plants, drawing, and the process that links people and outdoor spaces. The last of these interests has become more important as links between physical health, mental well-being, relaxation and gardens becomes better understood and well documented.
My designs range from large suburban family gardens to small courtyard entertaining spaces for couples, in both traditional and contemporary styles – and often a pleasing mix of both.
The quality of my designs have been recognised at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, where I was awarded both Silver-Gilt and Gold medals for my two show gardens, ‘The Green and Light Garden’ and ‘The Sadolin Four Seasons Garden’. Despite these being show gardens, destined to last just one glorious week in July, I gave myself the task of producing a design that could be translated to a ‘real’ garden, with interest that would last beyond summer and throughout the year.
Although remaining an independent designer, I am able to draw upon the expertise of a wide range of contractors, suppliers and industry experts, including landscapers, arboriculturalists (tree specialists), lighting designers, and irrigation installers. I also have close links to nurseries across Surrey who specialise in both home grown and imported plants, and I am constantly testing plants in my own garden to assess their suitability for my clients. Your garden design will be unique to you, your particular site and your personal requirements.
The most fulfilling part of my work is transforming unpromising, depressing and under-achieving plots into beautiful, welcoming and sustainable outdoor spaces. If I can inspire a happy client to become a keen gardener in the process, even better!