I began my garden design journey in 2005 in the South West when I retrained as a garden designer and planting consultant at Lackham Horticultural College, Wiltshire. I graduated in 2007 and set up Summerdale Garden Designs, where I have subsequently designed many residential and community gardens in Wiltshire and Dorset and Somerset. I also enjoy providing planting consultancy advice to clients, including alternative suggestions for an existing garden or planting plans for a brand new project.
The way I prefer to work draws on many years of working with clients as a business consultant. I believe that the design of a garden is a collaborative process, where by working jointly with you we can collectively agree a tailored ‘brief’ for the garden. This for me is the key to a successful garden or planting design project, as it acts as the roadmap for me to design a garden that meets your individual needs and preferences.
I can bring my horticultural knowledge, garden design skills and combine this with your ideas to help create your special garden. (Please see my portfolio pages for examples of some of my garden designs and planting schemes).
I have also designed and built two award winning show gardens, including an RHS Silver medal award for the Aqua Libra Rainwater Harvesting garden. For more information about these gardens please take a look in the portfolio pages.
In addition to designing gardens and researching planting solutions, I also speak at garden clubs, WI and Probus groups in the South West. I also teach at Marlborough College Summer School and the U3A Summer School at the RAU in Cirencester about garden design and the history of English garden design. (Please see the Talks Page for details).
Since moving to South Somerset in early 2014, I now enjoy volunteering at NT Barrington Court where I lead garden tours outlining the story of the creation of its Arts and Crafts gardens. This enables me to indulge my passion for my most favourite period of English Garden history.