Your Garden, Our Passion

Garden Corner Patio AreaCeinwen Nokes started her horticultural career in 2003 when she was formally placed with a head gardener in a large private estate in Suffolk. She successfully completed her training program, undertaken through the Women Returners to Amenity Gardening Scheme, run by the Women's Farm and Garden Association (which used to be referred to as 'the Land Girls'). She has undertaken horticultural studies at Writtle College near Chelmsford. Ceinwen started her own business in 2004.

Over the years Ceinwen has continued to develop her skills by attending courses, including:

  • Winter pruning in London Squares one of which is an award winning Victorian Garden, first planted in 1870
  • Growing Vegetables at Audley End Kitchen Garden
  • Cutting Garden workshop with Sarah Raven
  • Renovating Herbaceous Beds at Kentwell Hall

Ceinwen has a love of nature and design which inspired her to take a City & Guilds in Fashion. She designs and makes prints and aims to bring her artistic talents to the gardens in which she works. She is interested in planting combinations and will undertake planting plans.

I have overseen a total re-design of my own garden, experimenting with plants for dry gardens, inspired by Beth Chatto and by more traditional planting such as that at Sissinghurst. I also admire Will Giles’ verdant Exotic Garden in Norfolk.

I enjoy growing vegetables and herbs for my small kitchen garden and keep the front of my house and patio areas fresh with seasonal interest by planting pots of brightly coloured flowers and bulbs, such as pansies, primroses and daffodils, later replaced by tulips, wallflowers and petunias.

This year I will visit the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for that all-important inspiration which keeps the magic alive.

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Areas covered include: Colchester, Ardleigh, Nayland, Dedham, Great Horkesley, Copford, Mersea Island, Wivenhoe, Elmstead Market.

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