About the Designer
Jane Harries qualified in garden design with the Open College of the Arts (OCA), the sister organization to the Open University, completing 2 courses in the subject and receiving a rarely-awarded A assessment for the second course. She has been gardening for 15 years in her Northamptonshire cottage garden and enjoys growing perennials from seed: “You can learn so much more about a plant when you’ve grown it yourself”, she says. She also enjoys growing fruit and vegetables, and observing the wildlife in and around the area. Jane’s background is in marketing and business design, however she changed career as a result of illness, and also enjoys painting and writing. However she has not lost her interest in making things work for people, so her gardens make the best of their site and are practical as well as attractive.