I am Sarah Ashworth. I am a fully trained gardener and garden designer. When it comes to working out what you want from your garden I am straight forward and down to earth.
I am also serious about my professionalism and am part way through the adjudication process to become a full member of the Society of Garden Designers, (the only professional affiliation that exists for garden design).
I have a background in science (zoology and botany) and technology (digital imaging for natural history collections). But I am really much happier being outdoors and being creative. In 2005, after spending my life gardening for a hobby, I gave up scientific papers and microscopes to formally retrain in gardening and garden design.
I studied Garden Design at Plumpton College, Sussex and I graduated with a distinction. Alongside this, I studied RHS horticulture level 2 and 3 to give me the formal gardening foundation required of a good designer. I still work regularly as a gardener as well as a designer; for many reasons I believe it is important to keep your hands to the earth.
Hands on training For almost 4 years I worked for Nigel Philips Garden Design. I was in the heart of a busy design office,my main work was computer drafting but Nigel would always include me on the design process, asking my opinion to encourage me to think critically about his designs. Importantly I learned about the pace, progress and pitfalls of large garden and landscape designs from pencil and paper to actual build.
I started working as “Sarah Ashworth Garden Design” in 2012, and since then I have designed gardens and have them built mostly by Richard Arnott. He is very well established in the Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire area and having built up a good reputation, attracts interesting work. With a surplus of work and complimentary skills I have been lucky enough to design several gardens for him.
Formal collaboration as Arnott & Ashworth Garden Design. Now I do most of my domestic gardens in a formal collaboration with Richard Arnott and we have a new website.