Emma began her training in horticulture via a traditional apprenticeship with the Women’s Farm and Garden Association in 2001 following several years working as a jobbing gardener. In 2002 she took an HNC in garden design and planning at Lackham College Wiltshire.
During this period Emma set up her own business, Bath Garden Design offering a full range of services including consultation, design, construction, garden planning, planting and maintenance. This business has been established for over 16 years and Emma has gained considerable experience in managing and working in all types and sizes of gardens in all sectors over this time.
Emma was awarded a Master’s Degree at Bath University in the Conservation of Historic Gardens and Cultural Landscapes in 2015. This has enabled her to offer services in the historic environment including conservation management plans, survey and assessment as well as statements of significance and historical research.
Among the various conservation projects Emma has been involved in she produced a conservation management plan and acted as a Landscape Advisor for an important Victorian cemetery project in Bath, which resulted in the trustees being awarded lottery funding. Emma was also instrumental in the discovery of an unknown early garden in Bristol owned by the University of Bristol and this research will form part of a new publication.
As part of a research and assessment project for an archaeological site in Somerset, Emma wrote a report that identified an important Neolithic discovery that enabled the owners of the site to seek listing from Historic England.
At present she is working on the long term renovation of a large Georgian garden in Somerset and is managing large scale tree planting as well as new planting schemes and restoration work.
Following on from a career in retail management, Jemma has been a professional gardener since 2013 and has successfully completed both The Royal Horticultural Society RHS II at Lackham College and RHS III, Principles of Garden Planting, Construction and Planning with Distinction.
Jemma has been closely involved with design and renovation work on many garden projects of all sizes, as well as managing and implementing planting schemes and soft landscaping. She has managed some significant Georgian garden renovation and replanting projects in central Bath at The Royal Crescent as well as The Circus and many more rural projects in Somerset and Wiltshire. Jemma has attained the experience, skill and understanding that these Listed properties require and is also knowledgeable about planning law relating to statutory listings.
Jemma is the head gardener and manager for the garden maintenance element of Bath Garden Design. She heads up regular visits to gardens and manages the horticultural work. She is very experienced in general garden maintenance, pruning techniques, lawn care and plant knowledge. Maintenance clients include the Duchy of Cornwall, two large Rectories on the outskirts of Bath, as well as many city centre gardens. Her valuable hands-on experience means that she understands every element of gardens as well as their needs.
Jemma has been involved with a conservation project for a Victorian cemetery in Bath, helping to organise volunteer days to restore the landscape and protect the wildlife as well as produce conservation management reports. Jemma is working on her ongoing career development by attending further RHS courses as well as training an apprentice from a local college. Her excellent horticultural skills and knowledge of maintenance and planting make her a valuable part of the team.