From in my sunny Rutland studio I manage and co-ordinate a range of garden design projects, from full design packages and planting design to garden coaching and specialist pruning.
My career in horticulture started in 2002 when I started working as a gardener with a view to studying for the RHS qualifications. After a spell of life getting in the way and two children later I returned to horticulture in 2014, gaining the RHS Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture and a BTEC in Garden Design.
Cornflower Blue Gardens was born initially as a hands on gardening entity and has gradually moved firmly towards garden design, with design being my main passion. I gain immense pleasure from seeing a client's project through from start to finish no matter how big or small the garden, and love seeing the satisfaction my clients get from their transformed garden.
I'm also lucky enough to be the Rutland County Organiser for the National Garden Scheme, a wonderful charity which typically donates over £3m to nursing and health charities through the generosity of garden owners who open their private gardens to the public. It's a wonderful chance to see some truly stunning hidden gardens, and enjoy some fabulous homemade cakes.
When I get time in my own garden I love trying out ideas and planting combinations. It's such a pleasure to spend time outside and watch the seasons change and I never fail to be amazed how the disappointment in watching a favourite plant or flower fade is always to be replaced by something else even more beautiful. I'm never happier than wrapping up warmly and getting stuck into a bit of rose pruning!