Meet the College Street Students

This week is National Gardening Week and, with Gardening Scotland just one month away, it’s the perfect time to introduce the Garden Design students behind this year’s show gardens. Here we meet Sarah and Sadie from Team Home.

Name: Sarah Stewart

Describe yourself: I am a born and bred Edinburger, Mum to two teenagers (and two cats) and have a passion for baking beautiful and Sarah Stewartnovelty cakes.

Returning to work after a hiatus to bring up my family I found myself becoming increasingly unhappy, then the opportunity to return to full-time education came along. This enabled me to combine my creativity, love for gardening and being outdoors. Coming from a strong family background of keen gardeners (most notably my Great Aunt & Uncle, The Drs Neil, and their garden in Duddingston), I hope to be able to continue the family tradition of creating beautiful garden spaces for others to enjoy.

Favourite design style: Arts & Crafts and Contemporary

Design Icon: I admire Gertrude Jekyll, however I have a great appreciation and admiration for many great designers (past and present) and take inspiration from each of their differing styles.

What’s your motto? I very much believe in living life to the full, embracing every moment and living in the here & now. For that reason, I refer to John Lennon for my mantra of “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans”

What are you most looking forward to at Gardening Scotland? Seeing our design grow from a paper masterplan to a reality. Very exciting indeed!

Name: Sarah Smith

Describe yourself: After completing Science & Horticulture at College I have worked for a good few years as a horticulturalist. I completed an open learning course on Garden Design, and this was great focusing again on the History of Garden Design, Garden Design Implementation, theory and practical. The research inspired me and consolidated my knowledge. I decided to take the next step in my chosen vocation and enrolled at SRUC to study Garden Design. I am now on my second year of Garden Design and love it!!!!

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As Glinda the good witch says in The Wizard of Oz, “Its always good to start from the beginning”.

I had the good fortune as a child to be brought up by a family loved the outdoors. Taking long walks exploring natural landscapes to tending to the vegetable plot. It was a natural progression for me to choose a vocation in horticulture.

Studying Horticulture and Science at college and gaining an HNC gave me the skills and knowledge to work as a Horticulturalist. Setting new challenges and meeting new interesting people.

Having children and being able to show them the wonders of nature was quite inspirational. Seeing their fascination and joy of being outdoors in the fresh air made me understand the need for green spaces in communities.

I am interested in Horticultural Therapy, sensory gardening and community green projects. I have recently become trustee for Edible Estates which establishes community gardens and encourage households to have a closer involvement in the design, planning and use of their local greenspace.

I completed an open learning course on Garden Design, and this was great focusing again on the History of Garden Design, Garden Design Implementation, theory and practical. The research inspired me and consolidated my knowledge. I decided to take the next step in my chosen vocation and enrolled at SRUC to study Garden Design. I am now on my second year of Garden Design and love it!!!!

Favourite design style: Arts & Crafts movement. Naturalistic.

Design Icon: Piet Oudolf

What’s your motto? Always bend with your knees (Ha-ha)

What are you most looking forward to at Gardening Scotland? Most looking forward to seeing team Home & Bayets gardens built and viewing all the other wonderful gardens.

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