I am a Norfolk garden designer, consultant, speaker, organic gardener and writer. I also offer a full garden design service, advice on all aspects of gardening, gardening lessons in your own garden, gift vouchers, and have many years’ experience of giving talks, teaching, broadcasting and creating beautiful gardens.

Planting redesign for one of a series of pre-existing borders at a North Norfolk property. The planting plan can be seen on my Design page.

In my work as a garden designer and consultant, I offer individual solutions for complete sites or specific areas, ranging from the smallest courtyard to larger landscapes. Trained in horticulture, permaculture and formal garden design (which I have also taught), I hold a BA(Hons) degree in Typography and Graphics, have had many years’ experience as a professional gardener, and obtained the RHS Level 2 in Horticulture with Distinction. I went on to teach this course for several years at Easton College, alongside the Level 2 qualification in Organic Horticulture, and was also a part-time tutor for various related topics.

Design for a bed on a slope at the end of a garden.

Whether you would like a full redesign, or simply want help with deciding what to do with a problem area of your site, I will work with you to find the best outcome. I can supply planting and construction plans, plant lists, as well as helping you to source suitable plants. I also offer practical gardening advice for anyone who would like to know how to get the most from their outdoor space, and am available for gardening lessons. Gift vouchers for lessons and advisory sessions are also available.

The garden shown above before hard landscaping.

The garden shown on the plan above, before hard landscaping was started.

The garden after construction of my new design has begun.

The garden during construction of my new design.

I am well-known for my range of illustrated talks for horticultural groups, the WI, county Gardens Trusts, historical societies and the U3A. I have delivered courses for organisations including the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the National Trust, taught at Easton College and was a popular tutor with the W.E.A. for many years.

 “Brilliant course, made really enjoyable by excellent tutor steeped in knowledge of her subject and passion for gardens – her enthusiasm is catching and a breath of fresh air.”  (D.S., student on my course, ‘Beyond the Potting Shed: a Social History of the English Kitchen Garden’)

From 2004-09, as a member of BBC Radio Norfolk’s gardening team, I took part in weekly broadcasts and a telephone phone-in, including live coverage of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Since 2008, I have been writing monthly features for Archant’s ‘Let’s Talk’ magazine, and am their horticultural correspondent.

Image copyright of Charlotte Philcox, April 2014

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