About

A little about me and how I became a Garden Designer

Keeping the garden looking beautiful

Keeping the garden looking beautiful

All my life I have had a passion for art and for gardening. I grew up on my parents and grandparents market garden, surrounded by flowers, plants and vegetables. Even when I was little I loved growing anything and I also loved drawing and painting

Art Collage in the 1960s and designing shoes

In the 1960s I was fortunate enough to go to Leicester Collage of Art and Technology and then became a Shoe Designer. Working first in Leicester and then in the East End and West End of London. Being at Art Collage and then the Fashion Industry in London in the 1960s and 70s was amazing. The company I designed for produced shoes for all the major High Street brands. It was very exciting to see my designs for sale in the shop windows.

Visiting Art Galleries and gardens in Europe

Wisteria on a south facing wall

Wisteria on a south facing wall

After some years my husband was offered management posts in Germany and then Holland. We gladly jumped at the chance of living in Europe and were there for 10 years. Soaking up different cultures and visiting Art Galleries and gardens in France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland and Germany

“The Lady Gardener”

Lion head fountain

Lion head fountain

When we returned to England I first ran a small livery stables and taught horse riding, (another life long passion) while also helping to maintain the gardens of several friends. I soon found myself with a waiting list of people who wanted me to maintain their gardens for them. Within a year I had a very busy garden maintenance round as “The Lady Gardener” and employed five people to help me.

To become a Garden Designer I drew on my skills learnt

  •  At art collage
  • Growing up and working on a market garden
  • During the years spent maintaining gardens.

    Terraced garden on a steep slope

    Terraced garden on a steep slope

People gradually began to ask me to replant areas of their gardens, to redesign areas and then to design complete new gardens. I drew on my design skills learnt at art collage, the knowledge I had acquired about plants as I grew up on a market garden, and the knowledge of how a garden works learnt during the years spent maintaining gardens.

My daughter joined me plus a Landscaping team

Happy owners of a new garden

Happy owners of a new garden

My daughter took a B.Sc in Horticulture and came to join me and we soon had another team helping us, designing and building gardens. This time a landscaping team headed by Ross Stothard  now of Landscope Gardens. We built many lovely gardens and in 2004 won the coveted Travis Perkins Landscapers of the year competition.

Temporary retirement

After a few years however the heavy work took it’s toll and I had to retire following a back injury and the onset of arthritis, while Ross took over the business. My lovely daughter married and is now a full time mum to four gorgeous children.

I kept following my passion

During the time I was retired, I kept following my passion by helping friends to design and build their gardens. Last year I had an operation to correct the arthritis in my foot which was a tremendous success. I am now literally up and running again and

I am a Garden Designer again

Box hedging for low maintenance but maximum impact

Box hedging for low maintenance but maximum impact

People who have seen the gardens I built with friends have asked me to design theirs. Builders have recommended me to their clients. Clients who I have designed gardens for in the past have been in touch, very pleased that I am designing again.

Please contact me through the contact form

Because I put so much care and personal attention to each of my gardens I can only take on  a few gardens each year. When I designed gardens before, by the summer of each year I had a waiting list. So if you would like to get in quick, before my order book is filled up, please contact me through the contact form.

Looking forward to hearing from you and meeting you in your garden.

Very best wishes to you and your garden,

Wendy Straderick Garden Designer

Inspiring you to create a beautiful garden.

Wendy Straderick Garden Designer

One of Wendy’s Grand Gardens