Your garden

is your sacred place

Helene Garden Design of Hertfordshire

My journey to garden design might seem winding, but looking back, it now seems to me that it was inevitable. As with many garden lovers there is the enduring memory of Grandma’s garden, my Mother’s love of gardening and my own love of the outdoors and a deepening of this passion through having an allotment.

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My love for nature begins

I grew up in a remote village in Kazakhstan, far away from colour televisions and other new technologies of the 1970s and ’80s. Surrounded by mountains and steppes, my earliest memory of nature is being on my own listening to the sound of a stream and being surrounded by small yellow flowers that grew on the banks. I would often find myself climbing trees and hiding under the enormous leaves in my Grandmother’s garden, and immersing myself in the surrounding countryside.

Moving to Germany was a big shock for my nine-year-old self, there were toys that I’d never seen before, more food than I’d believed could exist, and forests, meadows and hills, each in a luscious new shade of green. The hills were covered in heather, the meadows with dandelions and the lakes brought a stillness with a different kind of vastness to the skies of the steppes.

From gardener to garden designer

All too soon it was time to make a sensible decision about my future, and I became a nurse, working in Germany, Switzerland and England. My love of nature never went away, and surrounded by the gardens of England, I realised that I couldn’t hide from my passion any longer.

I graduated (with merit) from the respected Inchbald School of Design and became a garden designer.

I like gardens that fit into their surroundings and which, no matter how big or small, provide an almost sacred space for people to withdraw from everyday life and renew themselves — just as I did all those years ago surrounded by the yellow flowers of Kazakhstan.

Today, I am the mother of two wonderful girls and the wife of a supportive husband.

I found Helene to be very proffessional with frequent visits to site to check that everything was progressing nicely without any issues, when I had any queries she's was also always available at the end of the phone. The design was a beautiful modern garden design and we had no problems with installing the garden from the plans/drawings that where provided.

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I offer a full range of services, from an hour and a half consultancy to a full garden re-design

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