I am a design graduate of Edinburgh College of Art and in addition I hold the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Horticulture (Commendation) and a Diploma in Garden Design from the Inchbald School of Design.
I am a qualified and experienced college lecturer, having taught horticulture for several years at Dundee & Angus College alongside running my own garden design practice.
I have designed several gardens in association with Trellis including the initial designs for the Ninewells Community Garden in Dundee for NHS Tayside, gardens at both Falkirk and Stirling hospitals for NHS Forth Valley and most recently a new garden for patients, family and staff at the Stroke Unit at Perth Royal Infirmary.
Through Trellis, I have also designed and helped realise community gardens for Gowrie Care and the Blackwood Group in Arbroath and Dundee.
In addition to the design stages I was also heavily involved in the physical creation of these gardens, working with volunteer groups, contributing to the landscaping and carrying out planting.
Among other consultations for Trellis, I also produced concept garden designs for the Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline and the Forget Me Not Memory Garden at Lauriston Castle in Edinburgh, allowing both projects to proceed towards completed functional green spaces.
Other public and community gardens I have designed include the Forfar Botanists Garden in Angus which allowed the community to repurpose an area of derelict ground near the town centre into a therapeutic green space.
Gardens I’ve designed for private clients have been featured in various publications including Scotland on Sunday and Garden Answers.
I am currently working with NHS Lothian Charity to improve and develop various green spaces across some of their clinics and hospitals.