"I have always been intrigued by how people live and how the decisions they make about their immediate surroundings can affect their lives, both on a practical and an emotional level. Listening to the client is key in my view, to understand how they live and how their space can best enhance their lives.
My first career as a designer and buyer for the Conran Shop offered me the chance to explore this to a great extent but as the years went by, and as my love of gardening increased, I wanted to combine the two, which is what led to my change of career.
Being a garden and landscape designer has allowed me to broaden the scope of these interests in every possible way and the thrill of seeing someone enjoying their new space never palls".

Nicola’s smaller gardens rely upon a good strong bone structure that is then overlaid with abundant planting, softening the hard materials and bringing colour and life to the space. Larger sites also consider the broader landscape and how the garden and land will sit within. Nicola has worked in the design world for more than 30 years and returned to fill time education in 1998 to gain her qualifications in garden and landscape design. She then went on to work for Dan Pearson for three years, and during that time travelled and worked on projects in Japan, Egypt and Italy as well as many others closer to home. Nicola set up her own garden and landscape and design business in 2003 and her first garden at The Chelsea Flower Show for Laurent Perrier achieved a Gold medal.

In addition to projects in the UK, Nicola is currently working on larger and more long-term projects in Tuscany, Kenya and Jersey.

As well as working directly with clients, Nicola also collaborates with architects and interior designers to achieve schemes that reflect and complement their designs.