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.