Throughout the year, I work part-time for the Royal Horticultural Society as a horticultural advisor, helping to answer the huge range of RHS members' emails on a weird and wonderful range of general and specialist gardening enquiries. This is a weekly work-out for my horticultural and botanical brain - an opportunity to refresh and update my knowledge with the very latest horticultural information. I also help to refresh and update the detailed information on plants and gardening practices on RHS webpages.
I have also worked as a freelance creative consultant with the RHS Shows Department based in Vincent Square in London, to help develop ideas, themes and encourage 'innovation' in the displays in the Great Pavilion at the Chelsea Flower Show.
I have enjoyed working with the team at Kelmarsh Hall & Gardens to develop a dahlia festival and start to put Kelmarsh on the horticultural map as a top dahlia destination in late summer. We developed a series of dahlia events held on all 4 Sundays throughout September: an on going 'dahlia fiesta' which celebrated the impressive and evolving collection of plants at the gardens with specialist talks, book signings, dahlia clinics, salsa dancing, Mexican themed food in the cafe and tours of the large dahlia collection in the walled gardens. It was a huge success and we hope to build on this and go bigger and even better in future!
Since moving to Cheshire in early 2014 I have started to build a social media community on Facebook called 'Blooming Crewe'. The aim is to form a passionate group of enthusiastic local gardeners. Our aims are simple. To share our mutual love of plants and flowers, and encourage more people to join in and garden in their patch, and to encourage others to take pride in their horticultural exploits and make Crewe a more colourful and floriferous place to live in.
Since 2012 I have been working with both the Birmingham in Bloom campaign and the Birmingham Display at the Chelsea Flower Show with the Parks Department Leader to help promote and develop the work of the City Parks and Nurseries. This work has involved developing and designing a strong brand and identity for Birmingham in Bloom and helping the team to spread the message of the Bloom campaign across the city utilising social networking and developing a strong web presence. The horticultural and artistic skills of the staff of the nurseries and parks department are incredible, and it is a pleasure to be called in to consult on the creative direction and design of big displays and events.
So whatever type of consultancy or advisory work you require, from full on blue sky creativity to specialist horticultural advice, we relish any opportunity to help you and your business or organisation evolve, refresh and innovate.
What a success! In 2012 at the National Awards evening held in Guernsey, Birmingham in Bloom won GOLD and BEST IN CATEGORY in the large cities section of RHS Britain in Bloom.
Huge congratulations to everyone involved! The evening was made even more incredible when Birmingham was awarded two discretionary awards for 'horticulture' and also for 'best park' for Canon Hill Park.
It was a pleasure to have played a small part in helping to brand and promote the Birmingham.
Here's to keeping Birmingham florally fabulous for many years to come!
2013 proved more exciting for Birmingham as they were chosen by the R.H.S. to enter Entente Florale - the European wide version of Britain in Bloom - so 'Europe in Bloom'!!
It is a European competition for Cities, Towns and Villages. Each participating country puts forward a representative city, town and/or village. They are visited by the Jury and an assessment is made. The competition was founded in 1975, initially between Great Britain and France. At present there are twelve member countries and further applications are being processed.
The Aim of the Competition is the improvement of the quality of life for local urban and village communities. To this end the competition fosters:
• the greening of towns and villages
• flowers, shrubs, green spaces, parks
• development which is environmentally and ecologically sensitive
• educational and communication initiatives which promote environmental awareness.
Birmingham won gold again - AMAZING!!!