Jen Tyce and Kate Tatham
Plant and Tree Selection
"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.
"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.