S - And have you always been interested in gardening too? I’ve been following your Dahlia planting!
H - I grew up with a Mum who is the most incredible creative force. She used to match her outfits to the car! She’s a really talented gardener - I watched her transform our garden where we grew up in the suburbs of London. We used to visit garden centres and watch Gardeners World all the time! She’s from Grenada but loves those quintessential, English scenes - formal gardens and historic buildings. My personal relationship with gardening began when I was ill - I was diagnosed with a rare strain of cancer in 2007. I had just moved into my first flat and with that came a very small patio garden. The treatment meant I couldn’t watch television or read - so I spent a lot of time being in the garden (or decorating the house) and I fell in love with it - when my life was up in the air, I knew my seeds would grow - and I found that really soothing, just to be surrounded by nature. And that’s when the real love affair began. But then it really took off when I moved in with my husband, Andrew - to a house with a really great garden. Bizarrely it looked like my parents' garden in layout! Similarly to floristry, you feel like you must learn everything - you must be kind to yourself when starting out.S - When I think of you, I think of the outdoors - with a garden-style. How did you go about learning to garden?
H - Thank you, Sophie! I really do love learning. I immersed myself in RHS books, YouTube tutorials - and visited lots of gardens including Sarah Raven’s.S - How did you get involved in Garden Day?
H - I spent a lot of 2020 in the garden - and naturally shared a lot of content on Instagram - and the Garden Day team
probably realised just how obsessed I was with it! When they contacted me to be an ambassador it was a perfect fit - as I also believe gardening is great for you both mentally and physically - and also how enriching it is to see things grow. Garden Day is all about taking a pause to celebrate everything you’ve achieved - and also reflect on what it can do for you. But it’s not just about gardens - it’s celebrating growing plants in any form - from house plants to window boxes and the joy of nurturing. I think particularly, now more than ever it’s a lovely mindful routine to get into...you need to have that time when you’re not working. I love waking up and going to look at my plants!