I am thrilled, slightly bewildered but mainly proud to have been asked to give advice on Garden Design at the sparkly new Gardens Illustrated Festival being held in the pretty village of Malmesbury, Wiltshire. Actually I’ve never been to Malmesbury but Google tells me it’s picture perfect and if I weren’t keen to see all the talented speakers at the festival I’d be sneaking out to have look at some of the areas other attractions such as the Abbey House Gardens . A huge proportion of the quintessentially quaint gardens that worldwide tourists flock to see are nestled amongst those rolling hills, so I’m pretty confident there will be sand-coloured stone, higgledy-piggedly roofs and the odd cow.
If I’m honest I admit to being ever so slightly terrified at the prospect, as most self-effacing human beings would be, of putting myself ‘out there’ for all to see and judge but with 11 years of creating and planting gardens in Cornwall behind me I hope I can give some valuable advice. If you’re planning to visit (please do) my main specialism is coastal planting but of course this can be transferred to any exposed situation and location.
Have a look at the portfolio on my website.
I have a keen eye for sense of space; I can visualise what a garden might look like right from the start so if you bring in photos of your garden I can give some pointers on what you might be able to do either in the short- or long-term. I am also a keen horticulturist so can advise on which plants are best for specific situations in your garden and also how to go about renovating old gardens.
I’m taking on new gardens this year (we are now based in Bristol) so if you like me hopefully you’ll hire me!
Hope to see you there x