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Charlotte Philcox is a well-known Norfolk garden designer, consultant, speaker, organic gardener and writer. She also offers a full garden design service, advice on all aspects of gardening, and has 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 her work as a garden designer and consultant, Charlotte offers 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 she has also taught), she holds a BA(Hons) degree in Typography and Graphics, has had many years’ experience as a professional gardener, and obtained the RHS Level 2 in Horticulture with Distinction

Planting plan for a sloping site at the end of a large garden.

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

Planting plan for new garden with a sunken patio and new hard landscaping. Planting primarily evergreens, white and green, with minimal seasonal highlights of blue Iris 'Actress' and white Iris 'Madeira Belle', followed by red Kniphofia triangularis.

Planting plan for the new garden shown before and during construction below, with a sunken patio and new hard landscaping. Planting primarily evergreen, with clipped Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’ and Ilex crenata. Colour scheme primarily white and green, with minimal seasonal highlights of blue Iris ‘Actress’ and white Iris ‘Madeira Belle’, followed by red Kniphofia triangularis.

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.

Charlotte also gives a range of illustrated talks and practical demonstrations for horticultural groups, the WI, county Gardens Trusts, historical societies and the U3A. She has 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 Charlotte Philcox’s 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, Charlotte took part in weekly broadcasts and a telephone phone-in, including live coverage of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Since 2008, she has been writing monthly features for Archant’s ‘Let’s Talk’ magazine, and is their horticultural correspondent.

Image copyright of Charlotte Philcox, April 2014

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