“Although I have come to gardening professionally later in life, I have been a dedicated home & allotment gardener for over 17 years. I am passionate about vegetables and have slowly been digging up more and more lawn to accommodate them in my own garden. The biggest challenge for me at home is keeping my 4 dogs from affectionately crushing all the plants, as well as protecting all fruit and veg from one particular dog who has a penchant for eating everything! As a result, I have enclosed flower and vegetable areas with chicken wire, which keeps some areas safe, and they can enjoy trampling through the shrubs and bulbs.

I have greatly enjoyed designing gardens for friends, working with different plants, soils and aspects. Working for others is particularly fun because of the diversity of plants and gardens I get to experience. It is always a pleasure to be outside in the fresh air, creating new plant life, maintaining wildlife habitats and making beautiful outdoor spaces for people (and dogs!) to enjoy all year round.”