Finalist Spotlight: Gerbera Designs
Beyond the stunning creations they deliver for their clients, Gerbera Designs has become very involved in education and training in horticulture and garden design for adults and children. It’s one of the many reasons they’re a finalist in the Garden Design and Landscaping category at the 2019 Trades Awards. Garden Designer, Joanne Evans explains more.
Congratulations on your nomination! What inspired you to begin a career in garden design?
“From a young age I was interested in gardens and the outdoors. When I took voluntary redundancy from a 20 year career at the BBC, I decided to grab the opportunity and retrain in garden design. I graduated from SRUC Aberdeen in 2011 and decided to set up my own business. I haven’t looked back since!”
And now you’re using your skills to educate others.
“In 2012 I set up Gardening4Kids (Gardening School) for pre-school and primary school aged children. This has become very popular with our monthly classes regularly being fully booked. Over the past couple of years I realised that there are few places for basic horticultural training for adults in Aberdeen City and Shire. There was also a demand from parents who attended Gardening4Kids classes to find out more about gardening. So I set up Gardening4GrownUps – a series of workshops for novice adult gardeners. I also write a monthly gardening column for the Advertiser newspapers. This year I am also being employed as a freelancer by the Royal Horticultural Society delivering courses to teachers so that they can get kids outside growing at school.”
Sounds like your schedule is packed! On top of all of this, how would it feel to win the Garden Design and Landscaping Award?
“Winning this award would mean a lot to me as it would mean recognition of my work after 7 years of being in business. It would also be a big thank you to all of my clients, landscapers, specialist trades and nurseries for putting their faith in our services over the last 7 years.”