About Ann


I came to garden design through my experience as a professional cook.  In search of truly fresh herbs I created a small herb garden at home in Streatham Hill.  It was a fascinating and transforming project and I discovered I wanted to really develop my knowledge in plants and design.

This led to deeper involvement and after completing a gardening course with Helen Yemm in Wandsworth and together with a gardening friend, we started a small lecture business ‘Green Beginnings’.  Our aim was to provide informal but interesting short courses covering all the basic gardening skills and to help our clients learn more about planting design.

Demand for planting and garden design increased and I eventually I realised I should take on formal training.  This involved completing 2 years’Design Principles and Practice’ and ‘Planting Design’ at Capel Manor College, Enfield:  putting the practice into theory… I now have a considerable body of knowledge and 10 years’ experience advising on and creating gardens in South West London, Kent, Surrey, Hertfordshire and counties further afield for both corporate and private clients.

My Philosophy

I believe a garden is foremost a place to relax. It must reflect its setting and ‘sense of place’ where ever possible, showing a simple natural coherence using sympathetic materials, objects and plants to achieve a lovely final scheme. Most importantly the final design must reflect the owners’ lifestyle’, aspirations and provide an environment which is safe, and create a sense of happiness for family and friends to meet and play.

My aim as a garden designer is always to work towards achieving a balance between dreams with means, whilst remaining flexible in my approach to the task.  I am in no way tied to any particular style or look and work entirely to interpreting my client’s brief successfully. My personal preference is a contemporary look mixed with naturalistic planting.

This page shows some favourite images that inspire my work.


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