My journey into Garden Design started as a child tending to gardens and allotments in Kent and East Sussex and being totally absorbed with plants and nature. I studied horticulture at Hadlow college in my late teens but my career took a different path, working for British Airways and the John Lewis Partnership. The horticultural draw became too strong and I returned to Kent to run Bedgebury Pinetum for the Forestry Commission in 2008. In 2011 I joined the National Trust where I led a Gardens Programme in 2016 and then went on to become the General Manager at Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent where I continue to work today. I am a pre-registered member of the Society of Garden Designers and have access to their certified suppliers.
Recent years
Garden Design was always going to feature in my future and in 2023 I graduated as a Garden Designer under the tutelage of Rosemary Alexander at The English Garden School in Chelsea.

I am influenced by the work of William Robinson, where design and planting harmonise with nature as well as Christopher Lloyd and Vita Sackville-West, who both created two of the finest gardens in the country, Great Dixter and Sissinghurst.

My aim is to help clients create a wonderful outdoor space, committed in supporting their dreams, we can create a private and personal wilderness, whether this be contemporary or naturalistic.
They will naturally leave wanting to learn more about how their garden interacts with nature and the surrounding environment, and it should always bring a smile to ones face.
How I work
A garden is another room in your home, it just happens to be outside. I see any garden design as an extension to how you might live in your home. Gardens can be used all year round despite the changing seasons, with careful design you can still provide a reason to venture out into the garden at any time of the year.

I want to help clients to feel a greater sense of connection with the outdoors and nature by making things simple and easy so it becomes effortless and as a result clients will fall in love with their gardens.

Every element of design is considered with nature in mind, from the materials used to the new and innovative sustainable habitats being created giving clients a sense of being part of something and playing their part.

The environment around us is changing and my philosophy is to adapt and evolve, choosing plant palettes that can withstand these changes and still thrive and look beautiful. Sustainability is a key focus in my designs, wanting to borrow the landscape and natural environments rather than create new elements that will not last over time.

In summary, if we look after nature, it will in turn look after us, my philosophy is grounded in this principle and my gardens reflect this spirit.
Working with Nature

Harmonising the inside with the outdoors

Creating a sense of calm and wellbeing

Creating moments of joy and intrigue

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