Liz started Nettles & Petals Design in 2009. An inspiring creative whose professional, engaging approach offers a cohesive partnership with the client. She has a wealth of knowledge in addition to artistic flair and a genuine passion for each project. Liz is a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture and holds a diploma in garden design with merit. Liz was part of the RHS Gold Medal winning team at BBC Gardens World Live 2015, followed by RHS Silver-Gilt Medal success at Hampton Court Palace Show 2016 along with the accolade of Best City Garden.
”What makes a garden special, is getting the detail right, thinking about vernacular styles and using the knowledge of skilled landscapers, it is the time, care, love, knowledge and skill that goes into every garden that makes it unique.”
Liz has developed a passion for innovative planting design during her professional career and continues to refine her palette to create uniquely beautiful places. She has a plethora of skills that she brings to the design process from the initial concept, all the way through to implementation. Liz believes in the power of a well-designed outdoor space to bring joy,as well as a sense of calm and serenity. Her desire is to create gardens that establish a connection with nature and the seasons.
Darren Lincoln, Dip. G.D
Darren has always had a love of nature and the outdoors, this combined with a creative passion for design led him to study at Merrist Wood College, Guildford, graduating with Distinction in Garden Design in 2015. He prides himself on his personable, customer focused approach, producing designs that truly understand and reflect the ideas behind the clients brief.
Darren was part of the RHS Gold Medal winning team at BBC Gardens World Live 2015. Following on from this success 2016 saw Darren’s debut at Hampton Court Palace Show, where he was awarded a RHS Silver-Gilt Medal for his first ever show garden. In addition 2016 also saw one of his designs winning the Stonemarket Landscaper of the Year Award. Darren is a pre-registered member of the Society of Garden Designers.
“I relish the challenge of taking an often neglected space, driven by a passion for good design, a keen eye for detail along with a strong emphasis on quality and craftsmanship, realise its full potential, transforming it into a practical and inspirational place for all to use and enjoy.
Darren has experience working on a wide and varied range of projects from large scale rural estates to smaller town and coastal gardens. He works on projects throughout the design process, from the initial sketch designs right through to the presentation plans and construction stage beyond, as well as project monitoring. He brings a strong eye for detail and is skilled in both hand-drawn and digital graphics including 3-D modelling.