After a long career in Clinical Medicine I am currently retraining as a Garden Designer.
Gardening has been a lifelong passion for me, and I have three decades of experience as a domestic gardener, creating and maintaining my own beautiful gardens as we’ve moved around Kent and London.
Through this time 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.
All of 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!
In addition – given my medical background – 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 enjoying the gardens. These aspects apply as much to their mental health as their physical well-being.
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.