Joy, who trained at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh and then studied for a diploma in Garden Design through the Pickard School of Garden Design which was achieved with distinction, set up Goose Green Design in 2004. Now, a well established and successful Scottish garden design and consultancy practice, Joy designs bespoke gardens for clients which are beautiful, timeless and functional.

I WAKE UP…

at 5.45am to the farming programme and the weather forecast on Radio 4 – though quite often I doze through it! I listen to the news then start my day, often with a walk while I plan the day ahead.

WORK STARTS…

at around 8am when I check in with any landscape contractors who are building gardens for me. The initial topic is inevitably the weather and how it will impact
the day’s work! Will it be too cold to work with mortar? Too wet to lay paving, and so on. We also chat about the hows of construction, the various elements of the new garden and the difficulties with sourcing materials.

A TYPICAL DAY…

Breakfast, which is always late after I have dealt with my e-mails and made more phone calls. Lunch is grabbed when I can. My day is a pleasant mix of time spent in my studio and out-and-about in client’s gardens, visiting suppliers and checking out plants in nurseries.

BEST PART OF THE JOB IS…

My clients and all the other lovely people I meet or interact with in the course of my day – suppliers, contractors and fellow garden designers. I love the mix of indoor and outdoor work and being my own boss and I often fit in a coffee or a walk with a friend. I love the ongoing learning curve that is garden design and having good friends who are also designers – we all know and support each other.

AND THE WORST…

When the weather is miserable, and I have a four-hour garden survey to carry out… and then a supplier lets me down!

CAREER HIGHLIGHT…

Seeing my clients’ delight in their new gardens. It’s a highlight every time one of my gardens is completed – although no garden is ever finished, they are constantly evolving! Also, having my gardens featured in magazines and newspapers.

AFTER HOURS…

is spent in my own garden, cooking, sewing, walking, catching up with my friends and reading around my subject.

IN TEN YEAR’S TIME…

I will have retired from full-time work but will hopefully still take on the odd project each year. I dream that my own garden will be glorious – it has always played second fiddle to those of my clients! I have recently become a grandmother and am hoping for more grandchildren, and playing a part in their lives.


GOOSE GREEN DESIGN
The Grey Cottage,
Goose Green, Gullane EH31 2AT
t: 01620 842866 | m: 07971163565 e: joy@goosegreendesign.co.uk
www.goosegreendesign.co.uk