I started gardening as a child, growing tomatoes and Pelargoniums at home in Covent Garden and the south of France. After obtaining a degree in social anthropology, I worked as a multimedia designer. In my spare time, I volunteered at my local community garden; that’s when I got hooked on plants.

Working at the Phoenix Garden inspired me to move into horticulture and garden design. Leaving my office job behind, I worked in a garden centre and assisted a garden designer. I then secured a place on the prestigious Kew Diploma course at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. This three-year course gave me a thorough grounding in all aspects of horticulture.

After completing the Kew Diploma, I worked at high-profile places including the Royal Household, the Royal College of Physicians, the Chelsea Physic Garden and the Imperial War Museum, where I worked as head gardener. In order to round off my design knowledge, I studied landscape design at Capel Manor College. I now run my own garden design practice, using the experience I have built up over the last 15 years to help a diverse and growing client base.