Born in England, I grew up with a trowel in my hand. After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1996 I joined one of the leading garden nurseries as a garden plant specialist. Helping hundreds of customers create beautiful combinations of plants to enhance their outdoor living spaces was always a delight. Ten years later I established Le jardinet in order to provide a service that takes all the time, stress and guesswork out of the design process for you. In the recent past I have taught container gardening at a local college, and continue to teach both container and landscape design in workshops and events as well offering a range of online learning opportunities . With excellent reviews on the Great Garden Speakers website, I frequently give presentations at flower & garden shows, trade conferences, horticultural organizations, nurseries, and garden clubs. When I’m not teaching garden design or talking about it I am usually writing about it, and my articles and designs have been featured in many American gardening publications including Fine Gardening, Country Gardens, Sunset, and Garden Design. I have co-authored two books; the award winning Fine Foliage (St. Lynn’s Press, 2013) and the highly acclaimed Gardening with Foliage First (Timber Press, 2017), and my next book Deer-Resistant Design is due for release in July 2019 (Timber Press). Specializing in creating artistic plant combinations with a four season foliage framework, functional outdoor living spaces, and deer resistant, summer-dry designs, it gives me great pleasure to share my knowledge and passion with others.
As a landscape designer, award-winning author, and international speaker I have the knowledge, enthusiasm, personal connections, and detailed, organizational skills that are needed to put together a tour of inspirational gardens, historical sites, and cultural experiences. It is therefore with great excitement that I have recently announced the first of several tours to England, focusing on the hidden gems as well as the iconic estates of my homeland. https://lejardinetdesigns.com/travel/
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