HEAD GARDENER INTERVIEW
Here is an interview with our Head Gardener and Company Director – Judith Eastick
What do you like most about your job?
I wake up everyday excited to go to work. I love meeting new people and working outdoors. I also really like creating and maintaining spaces. To be part of a team of people maintaining the life of plants and watching them flourish is amazing. We have been part of some great garden designs and I love seeing clients faces once their ideas become reality. We love making clients happy so positive feedback about their garden transformations and the difference it has made to them is an awesome part of the job.
What inspired you to start your business?
I always wanted to have an outdoor office – a lot healthier and it keeps me fit! I am very practically minded so it suits me well. In fact, when I was at school I said to my careers adviser that I’d like to be a gardener and have always held on to that passion. When my Granddad fell ill, I started helping in his garden and he told me about winning awards from the Chelsea Flower Show for his Dahlias – that ignited a spark in me to take on gardening as a career.
I’m really intrigued by nature and it gives me a lot of job satisfaction knowing I am maintaining and preserving the life of plants. Having the opportunity to design an outdoor space is one of the most enjoyable things in a gardeners career, as you are the catalyst to creating beautiful spaces and new habitats. Since we began we have taken on more and more landscaping projects and now the majority of our work is landscaping. This is incredibly rewarding as we get to make real changes to the look and feel of gardens and make a real impact.
What is your garden like?
My free time is limited as a full time gardener so we chose a low maintenance but elegant garden. There is a long thin lawn with mature trees on one side and a very tall beech hedge on the other. We have focused on growing soft fruit at the back of the garden and building a greenhouse and raised bed for vegetables, which ended up too small and we now have an allotment. There is a paved seating and dining area, nestled amongst honeysuckle, clematis and stunning David Austin roses. We have a variety of potted pants and a small bed with roses, salvias, geraniums and other perennials. We have just begun to overhaul the beds and have built a pond surrounded with grasses and tree ferns. We have planted lots of shrubs and perennials and added a lot of colour and height to the beds. We wanted herbs near the house to use in our cooking but were short on patio space so have created a vertical planting area which is working well.
We have children so we created two areas for them to dig and plant as they love to join in and an area where they can move sand and pebbles around without disturbing our planting! The lawn is now dominated by a large trampoline and a swing set. We are lucky enough to have a summer house which has seating and storage for children toys.
It is a very well used garden and by creating areas with different functions we have managed to suit the whole family. We throughly enjoy dining on the patio and eating the produce from the back of the garden and the allotment followed by time on the swings for the children and a glass of wine on the outdoor sofa for us.
What is your favourite flower?
Well I should say greengage… but I love strongly scented plants. I absolutely love Jasmine, the scent is incredible and reminds me of holidays to Corfu as a child. I also love a Salvia – ‘hot lips’ has a beautiful red and white flower and an incredible scent.