Nicola has always been surrounded by plants and gardens. Growing up in Dartmoor National Park, her parents were (and still are) avid plants people with their own collection of medals from Chelsea Flower Show. Hearing tales of the magic of Chelsea ultimately lead to Nicola pursuing a career in garden design.
The iconic countryside of Devon has given Nicola a love and curiosity of landscapes and nature. She has grown up with a great understanding of what makes spaces unique and how to find a sense of place in every setting.
She completed a diploma in Garden Design in 2013. Then, in 2015, she created her first show garden at Gardeners’ World Live and received an RHS Gold Medal. Nicola’s most recent show garden was at RHS Tatton Park Flower Show in 2018. She was the only female finalist in the RHS Young Designer of the Year competition. Her highly praised design was awarded a Silver-Gilt Medal and featured on BBC television.
Alongside her design work, Nicola also loves sharing garden advice through her writing. In 2016 she was a finalist in the Garden Media Guild’s, Alan Titchmarsh New Talent Award.
In 2019, she won Pro Landscaper’s prestigious ’30 Under 30′ award, recognising her as one of the up-and-coming designers in the country. She has lived in the Rutland area for 5 years and after spending 3 years working for the designer and television presenter Adam Frost, she now runs her own design and gardening business.
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