"As a Living Landscapes Educator, I love working with temperate plants, and the Outdoor Gardens at Eden are full of them. There is a huge range of plants and exhibits and I’ve been lucky enough to work on a wide variety of them. This has allowed me to expand my interest into certain plants like bulbs and salvias, as well as those that grow in certain geographical regions like woodlands, prairies and in Japan.
Working at Eden has given me opportunities I may not have experienced otherwise. Attending a prairie conference in the US, working with inmates at Channings Wood Prison to grow bulbs, and attending various RHS shows as part of the exhibiting team are a few highlights.
I find it very rewarding researching and developing horticultural areas, and at the moment I’m working on the Japanese Garden to make it more recognisably Japanese all year round. This includes repairing bamboo fences, clearing and planting up the steep side of the garden where there’s no soil, and acquiring plants and artefacts to really give the area a sense of place.
Another exciting project in the pipeline is a revamp of the Spiral Garden, to create a place which promotes learning for school groups and for them to gain ideas and inspiration for their own outside spaces."