I’m a garden designer and gardener based in Edinburgh. My style is strongly focused on planting design rather than hard landscaping, though I work with an excellent local Edinburgh landscaper to add features where needed.
The projects I’ve worked on range in scale from renovating planting plans for a single tired border to designing all new borders and path layouts in an empty quarter-acre plot. See my project gallery for examples of my previous work.
Noun. A planticrub was a type of small dry-stoned walled garden/enclosure, designed as a nursery area for kale seedlings in the Shetland Islands. Also crub or, in Unst, crö or plantiecrö.
I have been interested in gardening since childhood. I initially learned by watching my parents and grandparents in Shetland, the elements often against them, creating beautiful gardens through careful plant choices and tenacity.
Having completed a BA(Hons) in Intermedia Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art , I realised a few years after graduation that I could combine my love of gardening and my creativity by working in garden design. It seemed like an obvious choice and what I was always meant to be doing. I love being outdoors and getting my hands in the soil and I’m passionate about the environmental impact more green spaces can have for our wildlife, especially our pollinators.
I have since completed the Royal Horticultural Society’s certificate in The Principles of Horticulture (Level 2) and the RBGE certificate in Practical Horticulture at Benmore Botanic Garden. I undertook online courses in Organic Gardening and Gardening for Wildlife at Edinburgh Garden School. I then completed an internship in the Rock Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew before setting up Planticrub Garden Design in the spring of 2013. I worked at Kevock Garden Plants (specialists in alpine, woodland and bog plants) for two years before exhibiting solo at Gardening Scotland (2015 and 2018) both times winning a bronze medal.