She has always had a deep passion for gardens and horticulture – she trained at Pershore College of Horticulture specialising in tree and shrubs before studying to become a garden designer at the English Gardening School.
Her lifelong interest in the natural world lies at the core of her design philosophy. Her inspiration has been garnered from a deep knowledge of plants and natural materials always working with the environment in a sustainable way.
Julie's work has been featured on television, radio and in magazines such as Gardens Illustrated, The English Garden and Homes and Gardens and she is a fellow of the Society of Garden Designers.
Many of her clients return to her for repeat commissions because of her attention to detail. She has a willingness to work with them at every turn even travelling abroad with clients to choose hard landscaping material – in a recent project for a geologist she visited Norway to choose stone and black basalt for the garden.
She goes to great lengths to ensure the planting is imaginative and attractive to wildlife using a wide-range of bespoke plants to compliment the hard landscaping and provide sensory beauty. She was one of the first designers to pioneer meadow planting in private gardens. She enjoys collaborating with artists and craftsmen such as dry-stonewallers, sculptors and blacksmiths and their involvement makes each garden unique.
In the last fifteen years Julie has been working regularly in Nevis, a small island in the Caribbean. She started her work there after designing a garden in England for a British client who has a property on the island. The success of this garden has lead to her undertaking work for other private clients and developers often in conjunction with her partner, and experienced landscape architect and garden designer Ian Kitson.
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