About the Designer
I have been a keen gardener for nearly 30 years. Eleven years ago I decided to obtain a professional qualification in garden design, with the intention. of setting up my own business. The qualification obtained and a house move later, here I am!
I passionately believe that in this day and age of stressful living, any garden space, no matter what size or aspect, has so much to offer. It is an opportunity to extend our homes and make the most of relaxation and entertaining and somewhere safe for our children to play. Even in winter, it lifts the spirits to have a space which is attractive to look out onto.
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Although I have a small, ordinary garden plot in the middle of a modern housing estate, I was delighted when my garden was accepted into the National Gardens Scheme. I opened my garden to the public for the first time on 29th June 2014. We had 130 visitors to the garden and made £500 for the NGS cancer charities. I received some lovely comments about the garden including this one from Pam and Greg who live in Wigan "Just to say how much we enjoyed our visit to your garden yesterday. The garden is beautiful, with so much to see and admire - the planting, the various garden ornaments, the water features, the snail shells used as cane caps (a clever idea which we shall copy) and the very effective 'trompe l'oeil' mirror at the end of one path....Thank you for opening your garden for the NGS"
After other successful openings in 2015 and 2016, we opened again in June 2017 and we raised £665 and had 115 visitors. I am planning to make some modifications to the garden over the next few months in terms of planting and the wildlife pond and so will not be opening June 2018 but hopefully I will be back in June 2019!
In 2015 the garden was photographed to appear in Gap gardens on line
In 2016 the garden was featured in Modern Gardens magazine (September issue)
in 2017 the garden is featured in Woman and Home magazine (August issue)
In May of this year my garden was also filmed by the BBCs Garden Rescue programme, to be shown later this summer
My Top Five Design Principles
- Use of different textures in the garden creates interest
- Incorporate a lawn area wherever possible
This provides a good foil for planting
It is safe for children to play on
Lawn is much better for the environment than paving or gravel
It is easy to maintain
Turf is relatively cheap and easy to lay
- Use focal points in different areas
- Provide more than one seating area
- Above all, the finished garden has to meet the needs of the client
The Design Process
I provide contractors and will project manage the process from start to finish.
A successful garden design can only come from trust and confidence built up between designer and client.
I will come and visit you in your home and discuss your specific needs with regard to the garden, your likes and dislikes, practicalities and the garden's aspect. I usually complete a questionnaire at this stage to make sure I have all the information I need to understand exactly what it is you want from your garden and this will include talking about your budget to ensure that the design can be turned into reality.
At this initial discussion we can also find out what it is you want from me, for example:
- An outline plan with some design ideas so that you can take this forward yourself
- A full design which can be handed to a landscaper to finalise the construction
- Supervision of the construction process
- A planting plan, with a full list of plants and costs
- A planting service
- A maintenance schedule
After our discussion I will write to you with an estimate of costs and expenses.
If you decide you wish to proceed with my services, I will return to your home to measure and survey the garden site so that an accurate plan may be drawn up to scale.
I will present the design and ensure that you are happy with the proposals
Your garden should be an extension of your home...