PAST
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PAST

While studying for my four year Graphic Design degree, I was chosen to be one of the first in what then was called ‘The Copy School’ (later the ‘Award School’) where you had the opportunity to work with the best advertising agencies in Sydney. This resulted in my first job as a creative working with Leo Scholfield.

My years in advertising saw me fulfil a creative director’s role working on major clients but when my first daughter reacted to her nanny over me I knew I had to change direction. To be more in charge of my time.

This resulted in a three year Horticultural degree. So from one dimensional pencils to three dimensional plants my design journey continued.

My marketing/advertising background caused me at one stage to have three of the edgiest garden centres in Sydney, at one time, in Balmain, Willoughby and Avalon, a landscaping business, writing for House and Garden and working on boards.

The search to have not just the best quality plants for my centres but also the most exciting garden detail items I could find, from antiques to modern design, saw me travelling all over Australia and gave me the best ‘lollyshops’ a garden designer could wish for.

My retail wind down ended in 2012 with my last showroom in Terrey Hills.

(Though two storage units still carry some exciting pieces, just waiting to go into gardens.)

All through this retail time though I have designed and installed gardens all over Sydney, the Sunshine Coast and the Southcoast and I feel, unlike a lot of careers, a garden designer who keeps abreast of the design world, only gets better at their craft.

FUTURE
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FUTURE

To continue to hone my craft and design gardens that not only achieve the expectations of clients, but to use my skills, my plant knowledge and maintain my realist attitude to create environments that a client and their families can live in, enjoy and be inspired by.

Also to finish my own new garden in Bayview with my girls (chickens-Esme and Vivienne are just two of them), a secret productive/flower garden for grandchildren, a maple collection, water features and more.

Another labour of love.