About the Designer

photo of Jane

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 Garden Design 2, the course oriented towards professional practice. She has been gardening for 10 years in her Northants. 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 after a long illness she changed career. Being housebound actually enabled her to develop her creative side, including painting and writing a cookery book as well as garden design. 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.

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