About me

Biography

I became a Garden Designer in 1990 having completed the one year Garden Design course at the English Gardening School at the Chelsea Physic Garden. In 2002 I completed the adjudication process to become a fully registered member of the Society of Garden Designers. (MSGD)

Before that I studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University concentrating on plant sciences in my final year after which I taught Biology to A level.  Garden Design was a natural choice for a botanist who wanted to work from home.

My design practice was for private clients, mostly in and around South West London where I live.  A number of my gardens featured in books and magazines.  For several years I was also a member of the Kew Gardens education team teaching parties of school children about the importance of plants.  I also taught the plant and soil science section of the Garden Design course at the Garden Design School at Painshill Park for 9 years.

Nowadays I've retired from active design work and am pursuing my interest in the ways in which garden designers can help mankind to rediscover our intimate connection with the other life forms on the Earth.  A connection which is essential for our own survival. I open my own garden regularly for people to come and spend time renewing their connection with the natural world through quiet contemplation.

Kristina Fitzsimmons