Cotswold gardener, horticulturist, plant lover, one of those “career changers”….
It’s been a fascinating journey into horticulture and I am hoping to share a bit of that challenge and excitement with you, as well as hints for gardening and updates on what I am doing in gardening.
In 2015, after 15 years sitting at a desk, I re-trained in Botanical Horticulture at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden, where I encountered some amazing horticulturists and even more amazing plants. Prior to that I had done my RHS certificates and spent time learning from Head Gardener Andrea Brunsendorf at London’s Inner Temple Garden. I’ve been employed at Lord Heseltine’s private estate, Thenford, and lately I’ve been branching out into more of the delightful gardens in Oxford and the Cotswolds.
The idea of the Cultivated Gardener came to me while trying to improve a less well-maintained garden. It was not so much about working to add “a touch of class” – although I liked the name for that reason. It was more a strong conviction, that ornamental horticulture isn’t about just putting a plant in a garden and seeing if it grows, then leaving it to its own devices. We must use our knowledge to care for the plant, and, if it thrives, use skill to help it flourish and ensure it is serving its purpose in the chosen spot.