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. I'm a garden designer and landscaper. My earliest memories of gardening are in my Grandads greenhouse where he kept a tuppawear salt shaker and he would give me a warm, ripe tomato straight from the vine. We would sprinkle it with a little (oh okay then, a lot. It was the seventies) of salt and tuck in. A tomato has never tasted so fine. After leaving school I did a lot of different jobs up until my late twenties when passers by and neighbours kept commenting on my front garden and saying I should do it professionally. Well I knew enough to know that I didn't know enough. So I enrolled in a series of courses at Capel Manor Horticultural College. I studied "Hard Landscaping", "Garden Design" and "RHS Cert Horticulture" for three years before setting up my own Garden Design and Construction Business. It's been an exciting time and one job has led to another and I've been improving all the time. I started off doing the odd patio and within six years I found myself on a Learjet with a well known celebrity flying off to design the gardens at one of their properties in Europe. It has been a richly rewarding career so far and I'm looking forward to the future. I still thoroughly enjoy doing smaller projects where it is easier to build a relationship with the client and I can be more involved with the actual construction. Designing has it's rewards but building something with your hands and taking the time and trouble to prepare the soil and select the plants before planting them is still one of the most satisfying jobs in the world. When I started it all I never really felt comfortable calling myself a "Gardener". Not having watched my Grandad. From him I knew that real gardeners had heaps of patience and at the time I wanted to make instant gardens. That is why the one achievement that I am most proud of is that I am now a "Gardener", along the way I have learned patience and I know that preparation is everything (still can't convince clients though). .
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