"We moved home last year and inherited a very difficult heavy clay
garden which we just couldn't get to grips with. Thankfully Chris,
a real plantswoman, came up with a very imaginative plan which gave us
a garden with whole year interest which is also easy maintenance. We
are not quite so nimble as we once were!
We have had so many visitor comments on just how great it's looking.
Joe worked so hard implementing the design, removing very overgrown shrubs from the front garden and vast quanties of lawn from the rear garden to create new borders. The dry summer did not make that task any easier as the turf lifter couldn't cope and he had to resort to removing it by hand. We can't praise him enough as it was all done with such good grace.
We are delighted with the new garden. It is certainly one of the most rewarding ways of spending money!
Our sincere thanks to both Chris and Joe (not forgetting Louis)." - Harrry and Anne Blackman
NB: 'Louis' is Joe's characterful Jack Russel dog
"Thank you so much for your patience and hard work. All who have seen the garden are much impressed with the transformation" - MB, Bembridge
"The garden is growing wonderfully! Another of my neighbours said how lovely it's looking, that it had grown a lot, and didn't look just a few weeks old. And when Jane, my younger daughter came home, all she said as we drove down the road and first saw it was 'wow'!
"Just thought I'd drop you a line to say how gorgeous my garden is looking! Although everyone else is cursing the weather my plants are truly loving it.. The med border by pool is massive you cannot see any bark now so looks stunning and the butterflies and bumbles are very happy there too! The arch bed has really settled well and looks very pretty, the potato plant seems to be growing very well so that's good.
We are all still loving watching each new flower that appears on a daily basis . . . "
"Thank you so much for our beautiful garden that we are now so proud of! Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou." - DP, Bembridge, Isle of Wight
"Just a swift little note to say how happy we are with our front garden. It looks tremendous. We have had wonderful comments! All the plants have established themselves and put on growth. We are very pleased!" - ST, Ventnor, Isle of Wight
". . . thank you for all your hard work. We are thrilled to bits with our new garden already and know it will look even more attractive as time goes on." - GK, Isle of Wight
"We thoroughly enjoyed our collaboration with Chris. She brought so
knowledge and experience to the project and has given us the perfect
garden for our needs. Not only is the garden beautiful, with scent,
movement, texture and colour, but also eminently practical for the low
maintenance we wanted. Both Chris and her team provided a thoughtful and
efficient service and the outcome is truly a delight." - A.M., Newport, IOW
"You have perfectly understood what is wanted! Many thanks" - BC, Isle of Wight
"Thanks for bringing your beautiful designs" - JC, Isle of Wight
"Chris took on board all our needs and desires - the design included everything in our brief. She is very good at promoting, using every opportunity to highlight the gardens and not always for her own street cred . . . and more than happy to involve anyone who is interested in the development of the garden . . . a great team player, and made a lasting impression with all our team members." - KC - garden project leader at an Isle of Wight care home
Comments on Afton Park Gardens (from 2006, before the site was sold to new owners)
"We think your garden is close to perfection and an inspiration!" - MF, Hants
"The most wonderful garden I've ever seen, it's given me lots of ideas" - GT, Derbyshire
"An enchanting, very peaceful space with lovely planting"
"It's amazing how your borders withstand the heat with no watering - obviously chosen well. The planting has interested our members." - MC, St Helens Horticultural Soc
"Really lovely gardens - beautiful colours, lovely grasses and atmosphere." - EH, Basingstoke
"We were really impressed by your nursery and garden and the whole environment." - SH, Surrey
"We are from London and we love your garden . . ." - S & G Wiseman
"We love the natural, Cottage Garden look. The most peaceful place around, if not on the whole Island." - JM, Gloucs