“Gardening is in my blood... and also under my fingernails”
I come from a family of gardeners. My parents, aunt and grandmother all had lovely gardens. It was only when I lived for the first time in a city flat while at the Glasgow School of Art that I realised how much I missed gardens once deprived of one. Fortunately my flat was only a few hundred yards from the Glasgow Botanical Gardens so I still had my plant fix from time to time.
In the late 1970’s garden design was not yet a career. There was landscape architecture and amenity horticulture, neither of which appealed to me, so I got my degree in Product Design instead.
Fast forward 15 years to living in my first owned house in Somerset. Having excavated and built a garden from scratch behind our bungalow, my husband and I opened our garden for the National Garden Scheme in 1996 which was enormous fun.
In 1999 I entered and won the first BBC Gardener of the Year competition, and the following year the queue on garden open day went round the block. As clients were now demanding my services I set up Katherine Crouch Garden Design in early 2000 and have since been designing gardens all over the South West.
Proving it wasn’t just a fluke the first time round, I won BBC Gardener of the Decade in 2008 and the fun of developing gardens continues. Projects range from tiny to large private gardens and commercial work for local town councils and businesses. Sadly no one has requested my services to design a garden for their holiday home in Barbados yet…