It's really quite simple, this is a new beginning for me.
Green shoots. A fresh start.
I have been designing gardens and providing horticultural advice, predominately in Cornwall, for the last 16 years. Now that all the children have flown the nest I've been able to focus full-time on my design practice.
To mark this fresh start I launched the Green Shoots Design website. I joined the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) and am now a pre-registered member. Recently I have joined the editorial panel of the award winning Garden Design Journal. I'm keeping my design skills and plant knowledge up to date by regularly attending courses and with plenty of reading.
I've always loved gardens and when the opportunity arose in 2004 to study Design and Plantsmanship at the Duchy College, Rosewarne, I jumped at the chance. I've also always loved the natural world and before having a family, studied for a BSc(Hons) in Environmental Sciences. My experiences of studying on Dartmoor and the Peak National Park as an undergraduate have greatly influenced my design ethic and practice. Environmental awareness has determined the materials I recommend to clients. Soil science, plant biology and the ecological impacts of horticulture guide the type of plants I choose and where they are sourced from.
The gardens I have designed are of an assortment of sizes, in a range of styles but all with a strong emphasis on providing a sanctuary for both people and wildlife. Whether it's a full garden design, a planting design or a short report on how to improve both the aesthetics and biodiversity within an existing garden, I always pay close attention to detail and take into account a client's likes and dislikes.
I hope that Green Shoots Design will bring a fresh start to my clients' gardens, creating beautiful and environmentally-friendly spaces for them and their friends and families to enjoy.