About me

Gardening has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. During the last thirty years, I’ve gained a wide range of experience and skills in cultivating and propagating shrubs, trees, perennials, annuals, as well as growing fruit and vegetables. I’ve created orchards, woodlands and meadows as well as herbaceous borders, bog gardens, formal knot gardens and topiary.

After a long career in Clinical Medicine, I am currently retraining as a Garden Designer. My background as a Doctor means that I am especially interested in aspects of gardening and garden design which relate to health and well-being. I am all too aware of the importance of Gardening for people’s health and well-being – both for the gardener and those who spend time in – and enjoy – the gardens. These aspects apply as much to their mental health as their physical well-being.

All these projects have had at their heart a focus on integration with local wildlife – flora and fauna to enhance biodiversity, as well as a necessary focus on keeping to a tight budget!

With these dual roles in mind I am a keen advocate of the Social and Therapeutic Horticulture movement. As a result of this I oversee a second website – as a directory or services available in the UK:


I’m currently enrolled on the KLC Diploma of Garden Design which involves various projects. These include a courtyard garden, a large garden, a medium sized garden and a small garden.

In time, I aim to build a business offering a range of services – from simple consultancy and advice, through a comprehensive design service, or even an ultimate package of design and project management.

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