Meet our Team
A self-confessed plant addict I took over Langthorns Plantery from my parents in January 2001. I have always had a keen interest in horticulture growing up on the Plantery with passionate gardening parents and grandparents.
Having gained an HND in amenity horticulture and business studies from Cannington College and worked in wholesale nurseries in Holland and Hampshire I took up a position as Head Gardener to West Wratting Park near Cambridge. I trained as a tree surgeon whilst there and did some freelance tree surgery and garden design/advice before starting at Langthorns in January 2000.
I find Langthorns the perfect place to feed my addiction to plants and share my enthusiasm with our customers.
Working at Langthorns combines my love of the outdoors with my huge experience in customer service. Over the past 7 years, I have really enjoyed helping gardeners to find their ideal plants.
I love to spend time walking in the countryside and enjoying the scenery and Langhtorns is a beautiful location and place to work on a Summers day.
Unlike my fair-weather work colleagues, I am commited to wearing shorts 365 days a year
I retired a few years ago from running my own business and discovered that I don’t like sitting around – particularly now that I have downsized and don’t have a big garden anymore!
I work at Langthorns part–time and for me it’s perfect: I love helping to look after such a fantastic range of plants in this idyllic setting and I admire Ed’s knowledge and commitment - don’t tell him though!
When I’m not at Langthorns I am working on my Master’s Degree in Garden History: I love the backstories of plants, people and places.
Before I began working at Langthorns Plantery, I studied and worked as an automotive engineer.
It wasn't until I took on an allotment plot that my interest in plants began. Overtime this interest grew into a real passion for horticulture, which led me to change career and begin working at Langthorns, where my knowledge of plants has grown massively!
I still really enjoy spending time on my allotment and now I grow alot more than just fruit and veg. In 2016 I began growing beering hops to use in fresh all-grain brewing!
I also really enjoy growing and collecting succulents and carnivorous plants, particularly; Aeoniums, Opuntia and Nepenthes. I am currently studying for a diploma in garden design and hope to study more in the future.
Finally I am able to utilise my background in marketing, design and photography towards something I love – Horticulture!
A few years ago I chose to follow my heart and study towards RHS qualifications in Horticulture at Writtle College alongside a part-time course in planting design and was over the moon to achieve these.
Gardening enthusiasm runs in the blood in my family with both my parents being keen gardeners. As a child I remember my dad having the most wonderful vegetable plot from which we harvested most evenings, and my mum has continually created beautiful cottage gardens in various locations; all of which have been an inspiration.
Working at Langthorns has been a great way to expand my knowledge in plants and further hone my skills in marketing and photography. I have been here for 2 years now and there is nothing I enjoy more than working outside with plants and alongside a brilliant team of people.
I came to work part-time at Langthorns 2 years ago having been a customer previously, the huge range of beautiful perennials provides fantastic choice for the plant designer and Ed is always happy to order in special requests for his clients.
I have been involved with Horticulture for 10 years having achieved an advanced Diploma in Garden Design from RHS Harlow Carr in Yorkshire and studied the Designing with Plants course at KLC, Chelsea Harbour, London. My particular passion is for the New Perennial style of planting which combines grasses and perennials to provide fluidity and year round interest in the borders. We love our plants here at Langthorns!