I am a garden designer and plantswoman in my final year of study for a BA (Hons) in Garden Design with the University of Greenwich, having returned to my first love of gardens after a career in print journalism.
My design work is strongly influenced by the natural world, art and a sense of place and history.
My aim is to create beautiful, liveable spaces that honour both the needs of my clients and the surrounding landscape.
The main source of inspiration for my designs is found in the patterns and cycles of the natural world. I have learned in particular that nature is always the best teacher when it comes to shapes, textures and colours in plant combinations. It is a principle employed at the gardens of the late Christopher Lloyd at Great Dixter in East Sussex, where, during my time as a student, I was lucky enough to be able to attend a series of planting workshops led by head gardener Fergus Garrett.
I have a particular interest in the healing power of gardens and landscapes and also in productive organic growing, having worked for several years at an organic farm.
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