Teasel gardens is a garden design and garden management company, originally set up in 2004 as a high-end horticultural maintenance, development and design business, by me, Sophie Cordingley, and Linda Roden, two National Trust Careership students at the time. Over the years we have carried out renovation projects with borders and features (including topiary/renovative pruning work, new border design and implementation etc.) and undertaken design work (private and commercial) as one-off projects, or as part of our service to regular clients.
originally training as a sculptor in the mid to late 1990s, During my degree I became interested in the idea of space and place and studied these concepts. I was also finding myself more and more drawn to gardens as they seemed to me to be forms of sculpture and installation, so much so that in 1999-2000, I embarked on a garden design course to find out more about this medium and then, so that I could learn about the art of borders and plants, I applied to train professionally with The National Trust.
in 2001 Linda and i met whilst working at The National Trust on their Careership scheme. This three year training programme was set up to create future National Trust head gardeners. Linda worked in Biddulph Grange in Staffordshire, under Andrew Humphris, who went on to take charge of Wollerton Old Hall in Shropshire. I trained at The Courts in Wiltshire under Troy Scott Smith, who then took over at Bodnant Gardens in Wales and most recently became head gardener at Sissinghusrt Castle in Kent. Throughout the three years we attended educational blocks at horticultural college. This wonderful foundation in the art and craft of gardening ably prepared us for setting up Teasel Gardens. And I was lucky enough to have part of a redesign of the sunken garden at the Courts (made for part of the college syllabus) built.
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