I’m a 40-something garden designer and volunteer tree warden with an interest in wildlife, conservation, plants, gardens and gardening.
I graduated (a very long time ago) with an Honours degree in Maths, and spent the next 20 years working for a large insurance company. During that time I married, had kids and qualified as an actuary (in roughly that order), but didn’t get much time to garden.
When I finally realised that corporate life wasn’t for me I took a break and spent the next few years being a housewife and mother. Then, in preparation for my ‘baby’ flying the next, I decided it was time to do something I love that would fit around my family commitments and, perhaps most importantly, keep me occupied when I no longer have a teenager to clean up after – so I retrained as a garden designer. Now I say, “retrained”, but it would be more accurate to say, “am retraining”, as I have yet to submit my final projects – hypothetical designs are all very well, but who would give up the chance to work on a real garden?
I set up my garden design business earlier this year. My aim with the business is to take it slowly. I don’t really want lots of work, but a bit here and there would keep life interesting. No doubt I’ll spend way too much time on each commission, but I intend to get it right (and 20 years in the corporate world teaches professionalism).