Jackie started in the world of horticulture at the tender age of 6, where she constantly sought to create an explosion of colour in the family garden.
After a successful career in marketing, Jackie is now following her first love, combining her delight in all things botanical and creating beautiful spaces.
As well as holding RHS level 2 and 3 qualifications, she has honed her design skills through studying for a degree in Horticulture and Garden Design at Nottingham Trent University. She is a Pre- registered member of the Society of Garden Designers as well as a full Member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture.
In 2010, she cultivated Olive Tree Garden Design, and now runs a small professional practice based in Nottingham with clients nationwide.
In 2013 she entered, project managed and won a Gold Medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with her design for The Motor Neurone Disease Association
In 2015 Jackie was commissioned by Nottingham Trent University to design a Nottingham City Centre oasis as part of their Greening the City Initiative. As part of this programme, the garden won a Gold Award at the International Green Apple awards for its biodiversity in an urban situation.
Constantly seeking to develop new ideas, she has interned at RHS Wisley and RHS Rosemoor and in January 2017 is set to fly off to the stunning sub-tropical Abbey Gardens on Tresco in the Scilly Isles to work with the Head Gardener.
Back to earth and never one to rest on her laurels, she continues to nurture Olive Tree Garden Design, exploring new ideas through planting and landscaping and even refining the designing process itself to ensure she is ready for her client’s challenges.
She works with professional landscapers and local nurseries to ensure the best quality result.
Jackie’s approach is informal, which along the creative journey, ensures she will draw out exactly what her clients would like, even if they have no firm ideas at the outset .
Most of all she delights in delighting her clients, inspiring them with ideas on how to make their gardens flourish with a new lease of life.