We have been lucky enough to be able to sit down with Kate Gould who since 1998 has been a garden designer and along with her team in the South of England, have created some amazing landscapes! Kate has even been at the Chelsea Flower Show and been awarded Gold Medals and the Best In Category, not once but twice.
How did you get into garden design? Did you always know you wanted to work outside and with nature?
I come from a family of keen gardeners who always encouraged me to garden but it wasn’t until I was in my early twenties that I considered making a career of a hobby.
How did the partnership with Alan Titchmarsh come around?
I was called by the RHS to see if I would be interested in working with themselves and Alan to create a garden to celebrate 50 years of Britain in Bloom and 50 years of Alan’s career in horticulture.
Where did the idea for ‘From the Moors to the Sea for the Chelsea Flower Show’ come from?
That was Alan’s brief. A celebration of his life that also spanned a wide part of the British isles and so incorporated Britain in Bloom.
You have a blog on The Guardian website, are there blogs you follow?
Not at present I’ve just been so busy this year with Chelsea and an increased work load, but I enjoy reading the garden sections of the weekend papers and it is always nice to have the time to read.
What piece of work are you most proud of?
The Wasteland which was a garden that I designed and funded at the Chelsea flower show 2013. That came from the heart. I also love my mother’s garden which we work on together.
How would you describe your own garden?
Small, green and easy to maintain. My mother’s garden is really where I garden properly and it is a herbaceous heaven.
What advice would you give to a beginner at gardening who has recently moved and has an established garden in need of some TLC?
Be patient. Wait to see what you have that comes up season by season. If you can; incorporate the old into the new for instant maturity.
If you could work on any garden in the world, which one would it be?
I’m afraid it wouldn’t be too far from home. We are spoiled in England with fabulous gardens. It would be a hard choice between Great Dixter and Sissinghurst.
When you aren’t working, how do you relax?
Unfortunately running a business doesn’t provide much down time. I love to garden and to cook. I dream of ‘The Good Life!’
Finally, what do you carry in your handbag?
I am far too embarrassed to send you a photo as I have mainly un-identifiable mulch in the cracks and crevices, old plant labels, a pair of Felco secateurs, my Leica measure, far too many sets of keys, notepads and pens (both working and duff)
You can find out more about Kate here on her website!