Jane Hamel – Garden Designer
Jane Hamel has been working in horticulture for 18 years, firstly as an RHS qualified gardener, then training as a garden designer with the widely acclaimed Garden Design School. Her wealth of gardening experience has proved invaluable to her as a designer, giving her a profound understanding of plants and their requirements as well as an understanding of the needs of her clients.
She has designed many domestic gardens from the very small to the quite large, presenting a variety of challenges, from heavy clay soil, to mature Yew trees, to limited space, to gardens overrun with weeds, to sloping gardens. Her clients all have their own tastes, priorities and visions, so each garden is unique. Jane has worked on gardens that are formal, informal, rural, urban, traditional and contemporary, bringing ideas and expertise that are sympathetic to each individual space, whether for a family garden, a quiet retreat, a wildlife haven, a space for entertainment, or a productive patch.
Sometimes clients need help visualising changes. Jane is trained in art and design, and can produce sketches to help you visualise new designs.
Jane works closely with her clients, listening carefully to their ideas and requirements and making changes to her designs when necessary, following discussion, so that her clients end up with gardens not only that they love, but that are practical for their everyday needs.
During her time as a gardener, she has worked entirely organically, so whilst not all her clients garden organically themselves, she can design with sustainability in mind. “For me, sustainable garden design means choosing plants that are appropriate to the conditions in your garden, so that your garden will thrive; designing with your present and future needs as paramount, so that the garden will stand the test of time; where possible choosing local materials and locally grown plants, and designing in places for wildlife, such as bee-friendly nectar rich plants and berries for birds. I would also, where possible, choose varieties and cultivars that have some disease resistance, so reducing the need for chemicals. We no longer see nature as something to be controlled and dominated but realise that nature can be the foundation for beautiful gardens.”
Jane is currently a pre-registered member of The Society of Garden Designers.
Jane works in Towcester and the surrounding areas of South Northamptonshire, North Oxfordshire and Warwickshire.
If you are interested in having your garden designed or redesigned, I very much hope you will contact Jane by telephone on 07419 984707 or 01327 226171, or by completing the form on the Contact Jane page so Jane can discuss your requirements with you.