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Lucy Hartley BSc (Hons), PGCE, FdSc, Garden Designer
 
 
Lucy Hartley began her professional life as a secondary school science teacher and taught for seven years before starting a family. Lucy's mother is a keen gardener, as was her grandmother and Lucy has followed in their footsteps. She has always enjoyed art as a hobby. On returning to work Lucy chose to combine these interests and re-train as a garden designer.
 
"As a teacher I would add doodles to the blackboard at every opportunity and my labs were covered in flowers drawn by students. Being creative and 'green' is something that has always been with me."
 
An artistic eye, horticultural and design knowledge enables Lucy to find aesthetic solutions to all manner of garden problems.

Her work will be inspired by subjects or images which are loved by the client. Each client is treated as an individual and Lucy endeavours to understand their tastes and requirements fully in order to finely tune every design.
 

 
Design History
 
2016. Lucy has created a new Concept for the Wildlife Garden at Parkridge  Hard work is currently being undertaken by volunteers and corporate groups to clear the tired old garden and make way for new. The area, in the shade of a mature oak is to have naturalistic planting with echos of an historic Victorian arboretum garden. 
2015.   A much looked upon space next to the Visitor Centre and Cafe in Parkridge Nature Reseerve, Brueton Park, Solihull was redesigned by Lucy and planted up by committed volunteers and corporate groups. The new planting will increase diversity and provide more colour, nectar and pollen through the growing season with seed heads for birds in mid winter. Apart from a handful of large shrubs, the planting is all herbaceous for ease of management - one cut before the spring kicks in each year. Lucy also collected salvage and built the Habitat wall which can be seen from the outdoor seating area by the Cafe.
2010 - 2012 Lucy designed and was involved in the construction of the new Sensory Garden  at Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve for the Warickshire Wildlife Trust near Coventry.

Lucy has experience of exhibiting at three RHS shows and has won awards for her involvement (including design and build) in the exhibits:

Lucy set up the 'Flower bed Planning Service' in 2006 and in 2008 expanded her services to incorporate full garden design; now known as 'Lucy Hartley Gardens'.

In 2005 Lucy assisted in a garden makeover for ITV ('House of Horrors') where she arranged and planted two borders.

Lucy has been maintaining gardens in the Stratford and Warwick area professionally for over eight years and as a volunteer for longer.

All photographs on this website were taken by Lucy Hartley, Andy Hartley or Emma Hartley.