My Approach

Those of us working within horticulture are lucky enough to experience nature and wildlife close up, but we also frequently see first-hand the loss of biodiversity in our gardens and green spaces. Sustainability is key to my approach in planting design – I don’t advocate the use of chemicals and spraying regimes, nor extensive and long-term irrigation systems. Choosing plants that will thrive in the specific site conditions for each project is essential – the mantra ‘right plant, right place’ is rightly used across the industry, for good reason.

I work closely with local and independently run nurseries to source where possible British grown plants in peat-free mediums. Planting smaller plants, rather than immediate impact larger specimens, has many benefits – it generates a smaller carbon footprint, requires less water usage and in many cases increases the chances of better plant establishment over the long term.

I believe it is also important to explore how any planting scheme can create or protect wildlife habitats – I can work with you to help identify ways in which we can increase the biodiversity in your own garden – through simple interventions through to creating ponds, swales or wildflower areas.

And finally, creating a composting area (space permitting) is I believe one of the most important things you can add to a garden. Home-made compost is truly one of life’s most satisfying things…..

About Me

I am a planting designer and horticulturist. I graduated with distinction in Planting Design from the London College of Garden Design in 2023 and hold an RHS Diploma in Horticulture (Level 2), having also worked as a professional gardener for several years.

I grow my own vegetables and cut flowers, and garden extensively at home, trialling new plant combinations and old favourites on my very heavy Kent clay soil. In previous lives I have been both a corporate lawyer and a legal recruitment consultant, but finally realised I was happiest in work boots and dungarees, working with and talking about plants.

I live in the countryside outside Sevenoaks with my family and other animals.