Well-designed gardens arise from the sensitive deployment of adaptable design strategies. Success extends beyond the brief, and is not limited by conventionally 'right' or 'wrong' solutions. I work towards design excellence for each garden, within the limits of the available garden budget. To each garden's design I bring hard-won specialised knowledge and the wisdom of long experience, along with respect for plants, for people and for the special qualities of each place. Practical insight, technical knowledge and aesthetic vision produce extraordinary gardens.
Here I set aside my usual modesty to reveal a little about myself. I work as a professional Garden Designer, and have done so since 2006, after achieving the PSGD Diploma (with distiction) in Garden Design. The respected vocational course at Pickard School of Garden Design had demanded nine months of intensive work. I undertook this challenging Garden Design course to refocus my talent for design after 20 years designing site-specific ceramic projects for private clients. The field of Garden Design united my professional design skills with my life-long interest in garden-making, to deploy landforms, planting, soils, trees, water and structures.
In 1980 I graduated with a BA Honours Degree from the Design school of Edinburgh College of Art, followed by a post-graduate Diploma in Ceramics. Designing and making unique site-specific works to commission, my professional experience in both Ceramics and Garden Design has been focused on the particular needs of each individual client. I find great satisfaction in helping people to improve the places where they live.
Many. Most are linked in some way to place-making; location-specific opportunities focused on possible improvements. I'm interested to identify potential enhancements to make places better and to work with others to achieve those improvements. One current project is focused on land near the boundary between Midlothian and Tweeddale (formerly known as Peeblesshire). In the Leadburn-Lamancha-Eddleston area, within the catchment of the River Tweed, two public Rights of Way lead walkers towards North Cloich. At North Cloich many native trees have been planted as part of a project to regenerate a clear-felled sitka spruce plantation to establish a species-rich native woodland. This is an ambitious project and needs more resources. North Cloich Woodland offers a real opportunity for people who care about native broadleaf trees and climate change to become active participants in 'healing the planet'. I have been involved with this project for sevaral years and helped design the proposed North Cloich Woodland 'hutting site' and contributed to the design of huts. Within the woodland, affordable parcels of land are to be offered for sale, each parcel to include a small plot for a self-built hut as a simple woodland shelter for occasional use. Details are available on the North Cloich Woodland website, with links to relevant resources.