About me

After working as an assistant garden designer for several years, I received a Distinction in an HND in Garden Design in 2001, and began my own garden design business. Since then, I have designed, advised upon and helped to create many gardens, ranging from small town backyards, to larger country plots. I have also been involved in community projects, such as the Settle-in-Bloom group, which was awarded the Silver Medal upon its first entry into the Yorkshire in Bloom competition.

My fundamental design philosophy remains constant, whatever the size or location of the garden: to create gardens that are in tune with nature, designed to evolve and develop over time, and which require low maintenance levels in order to sustain them. In practice, this means choosing plants that are suited to the local growing conditions - woodland plants in shady areas, drought-tolerant plants in hot sunny places, bog plants for wet areas, and so on - and putting them together to create attractive combinations that change with the seasons.

Instead of trying to defy nature, communities of plants are developed that grow happily together in the same conditions and are virtually self-sustaining. Consequently, the garden requires much lower levels of weeding, watering and chemical usage, conserving natural resources, and minimalising environmental impact.

As a trained tutor (Certificate in Further and Adult Education) in Garden Design and Practical Gardening, my involvement with your garden need not end with the completion of an initial project. I offer both after-care visits and tutoring in maintenance and propagation, giving you the skills to continue developing your garden as you would like.

Cold Cotes

I am now based at Lower Barn, Cold Cotes, which we have recently converted from a derelict barn into a house with an office and design studio and also two self catered holiday lets. We have an acre of land where I will be able to indulge my passion for wild flowers, as well as create some more formal garden areas.

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