‘After gutting and refurbishing our characterful listed farmhouse, I had two disastrous attempts at upgrading the garden. It was therefore, only after an encouraging recommendation from a very reliable friend that I decided to try a third time with Fi.
Understandably nervous, Fi quickly put me at ease. I did not know anything about plants, having never had a garden before, but I had strong views about what I liked and did not like. She listened well and soon formulated a planting plan which was implemented smoothly and successfully. Every step of the way Fi communicated clearly about options, costs and timing.
With the charm of the garden now matching that of the house, I am a very happy customer and have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Fi. I have no doubt her reputation as a garden designer will soon spread and that her business will go from strength to strength. She is such an amiable person; I can only wish her every success in the future.’
Gardening has always been in my blood. My father was at his happiest in the greenhouse or 'upturned' in the herbaceous border. He inspired me with his love of plants and of the natural world, he made every season interesting even for a small child. I spent many happy hours with him in the garden from helping to pollinate courgettes in the greenhouse, to having my very own patch of garden in which to grow the plants that I loved.
I have always been creative. Originally training as a Graphic Designer at The Central School of Art & Design (Central St Martins). Since then I have worked for a variety of creative and innovative companies in the fields of design, illustration, marketing and operations.
After settling down to have a family, my love of gardens and their design came together and I took a Diploma in Garden Design at the highly regarded Garden Design School, graduating with a distinction and winning the Student of the Year Award 2009.
Following my graduation I designed an awarding winning Therapeutic Show Garden at The Royal Hampton Court Flower Show in 2010 for the charity Combat Stress. The garden was awarded a Silver Medal.
I now run my own Garden and Landscape Design practice based in the South West of England at Stourhead in Wiltshire. Whilst much of my work is in Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and the Home Counties my work takes me across most of the country.
I love designing gardens and enjoy the varied challenges that each project brings. No two gardens or clients are ever the same which keeps design ideas fresh and gardens vibrant.
I would love to hear from you! So please view my portfolio for examples of my work, or contact me to discuss your garden and book a consultation. Whether you have a small town or courtyard garden or a large and complex estate, I am here to help.
Mr & Mrs Cox
Mr & Mrs Tozer
‘It was November 2008 when Fi first visited the building site to which we had recently moved. The house is built on a hill and after some basic attempts at terracing, Fi moved in to take control. Fi started by asking us about how we intended to use the various external spaces establishing our requirements. We then discussed preferences for plants, colour ways and overall outline also focussing on the issue of long term maintenance.
She provided us with a very comprehensive planting scheme, taking into account the very difficult terrain, seeking to provide structure and form with a mix of shrubs, multi stemmed trees and herbaceous perennials with plants that have a long flowering season.
A garden tells a story about the location, the house and its occupants.
The development of a garden is a journey, a labour of love but is also overwhelmingly a partnership. We feel very fortunate to have found Fi to be our partner in this journey by providing sage design advice, planting guidance and, importantly, effective implementation.’