Garden Design Diploma -

Rachel Greenwood

Garden Designer

What was your background before KLC?
When my husband’s career took us overseas, I studied Literature and Law while raising a family and working in schools.

Why did you decide to study Garden Design?
On settling back in the UK and finding my children were suddenly quite grown up, I had an opportunity to think about what I really wanted to do.  A career involving the wonders of horticulture and the creativity of design struck me as a perfect choice.

What did you think of the course?
The course is challenging, rigorous and brilliantly designed.  It’s hard to believe how much I’ve learnt and thanks to the inspiring tutors and an amazing cohort of peers, this year has been one of the most rewarding times of my life.

What are your design interests/strengths?
I like listening to clients, to what they want and to think about possible ways to create solutions through design.  I like to think about the relationships between the client, their home, their garden and the broader landscape.

What plant best represents you?
A Hosta?  Spreading and a bit wrinkled but maybe an unexpected flower spike will emerge sometime in the future!

Which are your favourite gardens?
Great Dixter for its exuberant combination of structure and flamboyance, for ideas and inspiration.  I also love Bury Court, Long Barn and Sissinghurst among many others.