I feel very lucky to be doing a job that I thoroughly enjoy and find very satisfying!
After leaving University with a degree in Biology, and then working for a spell for Shell Expro and other oil and gas companies, I decided in the summer of 1995 to start a career in gardening. I completed a City and Guilds 'Soft Landscape and Design' course at Capel Manor Horticultural College in Enfield. This was an excellent grounding for everything that I do now, but so much more has been learnt since then!
I enjoy the fact that there is still always something new to learn in gardening, from noting how plants fare in different conditions, to observing the effect of garden pests on plants. I like to visit the RHS shows such as Chelsea and Hampton Court to see the current trends in design and planting, and also for product sourcing.
For several years, I had the pleasure of working alongside fellow garden designer and friend Shani Lawrence (2001 Hampton Court Flower Show Gold medallist winner), and although Shani has now moved to Pembrokeshire, we are still able to work together in certain cases.
I love the creative aspect of every new project, working instinctively but also giving prime consideration to my client's particular tastes and requirements, to ensure they will have an enduring garden completely suited to them.