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About garden nomey

I studied Horticulture at Writtle College in Essex back in the early noughties – it was good fun and a great place to learn, and since then I’ve had various lovely jobs. I started working as a gardener at Trinity College in Cambridge, which is the biggest of Cambridge University’s colleges. That was the best gardening job I’ve ever had, the gardeners were talented and knowledgable (and fun!), the college was relaxed and the grounds are extensive and beautiful. There are amazing gardens locked behind ‘secret garden’ doorways in ancient walls, huge perennial borders to tend to, massive hedges to trim (one is 30ft high) and lawns to mow with precision. It was the perfect place for me, as a new gardener, to gain all the experience I might need to see me off into a career in horticulture. I went on to do various other gardening jobs for a few more years, before deciding that I would like to write about plants. Just as I was wondering how on earth I might get into this (as I was only trained in horticulture), I stumbled upon a Marketing Assistant job with an online and catalogue plant supplier, and they kindly took me in. This was my dream job at the time and I felt so lucky, I spent every day writing plant copy and gaining experience and knowledge in marketing and website management – something I’d never even thought about doing in the past. As it turned out, I loved it! Since then I’ve worked for more online plant suppliers, plus magazines including Which? Gardening Magazine and BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. I currently work as a garden writer for Hubert Burda Media UK and fill some of my spare time with freelance copy writing and blogging work. Every single one of my jobs has taught me so much and I think I’ve found my niche – I’m a Gardener, Copy Writer, Garden Marketer, Feature Writer and Online Content Manager! I’ve been involved in this industry for a good while now. I’ve been to a lot of press shows, I work and have worked with a lot of suppliers and I constantly see people I know in magazines and at gardening events. I really feel like I’m part of this lovely, friendly industry and that makes me very happy. I hope you enjoy my blog! Naomi

Trees for small gardens

Every garden should have a tree, even if it’s a really small one. Trees are the ultimate low-maintenance garden plant – choose the right one for your garden and it’ll happily look after itself, rewarding you with year after year … Continue reading

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

I visited the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 today – what a day! It’s always a privilege to be able to go to this amazing show. The Show Gardens, Artisan Gardens and Grand Pavilion are truly inspirational (not to mention … Continue reading

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Plants for coastal gardens

Living just eight miles from the Essex coast, I’m quite familier with working in coastal conditions and recommending plants which will thrive near the sea. The salty air, harsh exposure and light, dry soil can be difficult for some plants, … Continue reading

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Gardening supplement – Your Home magazine June 2018

I created a gardening supplement for Your Home magazine (June 2018 issue – available to buy from 2nd May 2018). It was such a fun project and I learned a lot in the process. I’ve uploaded a selection of the … Continue reading

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Growing crinums

There’s nothing quite like crinums for creating a big impact in the garden in late summer. If you’re looking to grow something a bit different, or have a gap you’d like to fill with something impressive and statuesque, give crinums … Continue reading

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My visit to Kew Gardens

I went to the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew today to visit my friend, Miranda, who works there, and have a snoop at what goes on behind the scenes. Miranda propagates rare plants in the tropical nursery, so aside from the … Continue reading

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Growing bearded iris

If you’re planning on visiting the RHS Chelsea Flower Show or watching the coverage on TV this year, there’s no doubt you’ll see plenty of bearded irises on display in the Grand Pavilion and Show Gardens. Flowering in early summer … Continue reading

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