Jen Tyce and Kate Tatham
"I love simple, functional design, whether it's furniture, architecture or clothing. I admire the work of sculptor Andrew Goldsworthy for its transient creations and use of natures materials."
I initially studied fashion design for 4 years, which led to a career in retail. Later I discovered a passion for floristry, and pursued this interest at night classes. I was hooked and decided to leave the fashion industry to manage a prominent florists in London, next to Great Ormond Street Hospital. A busy, wonderfully creative and hugely rewarding environment to work in.
When I had children of my own, I studied garden design more formally at Hadlow College, Kent for two years, where I gained a merit in HNC Garden Design in 2006.
I am passionate about plants, garden design and enjoy spending time developing my own garden, for myself, family and friends to enjoy.
Plant and Tree Selection
"I have enjoyed gardening since childhood and have a special interest in organic gardening and creating gardens which attract and benefit wildlife. I had an allotment for many years and now have a large greenhouse, fruit and vegetable beds, and chickens at home to grow year-round food for my family."
I originally qualified as an Occupational Therapist and worked in the Health and Social Services. Whilst working I continued studying a range of subjects, both work related and personal, including short courses in different areas of gardening and garden design. Following a decision to take a career break and study horticulture in more depth, I attended Brinsbury Horticultural College and gained the Royal Horticultural Society General Certificate in Horticulture, with distinction. I enjoy sharing my love of gardening with others and encouraging children to get involved in gardening and nature. Linked to this I ran a garden club at our local infant school for a number of years. I still love learning new skills and have recently completed courses in living willow structures and blacksmithing.