Hi, thanks for visiting dogwooddays. I’m Nic, a writer, gardener, birdwatcher and garden designer based in the east of England.
I’m passionate about growing fruit, vegetable and herbs (especially more unusual crops like oca, fat baby achocha, tree chillies and lots of interestingly coloured vegetables and fruit) and attracting all manner of wildlife to the garden. I generally pack more into my fairly small plot than is perhaps entirely sensible. If only my recurring dream where I find an extra section of allotment-like space at the bottom of the garden were true!
I love cooking with food from the garden, allotment and hedgerows. I’ve been foraging for ingredients since I was a child and have wonderful memories of scouring the Welsh lanes and mountains for hazelnuts, blackberries and bilberries. I was diagnosed with coeliac disease seven years ago and now run a gluten free kitchen, so growing my own food plays a key role in making tasty meals for the family.
In my work I enjoy writing about all aspects of plants, gardening, nature, the environment and garden design. Recently I have been involved in writing and editing for Gardeners’ World Magazine, and freelance editing for the RHS magazine The Garden. I also write for Grow-It and Thompson and Morgan’s websites. Last November, the blog was a finalist in ‘Best Gardening Blog’ in the Garden Media Guild Awards and I’m currently writing a book exploring the ways we engage with the wild in the everyday landscape.
My designs focus on creating multi-functional garden spaces – where beauty and utility combine. Gardens have to fulfil so many roles these days: children’s play areas (in today’s world most unsupervised outside play happens in the garden), beautiful planting, relaxation areas, space to grow fruit, vegetables and herbs for the kitchen, wildlife haven… the list continues. I’m fascinated by the way in which gardens, of all sizes, combine these factors.
Happy Gardening 🙂
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