The Courtyard garden at Hertford Methodist Church has recently undergone a transformation, with improved accessibility, provision of ample comfortable seating, the installation of a water feature and complete replanting. The garden is not only attractive and welcoming, but it is designed to be 'low maintenance' as well.
Michele Cornell, who designed it for us, qualified as a spatial designer and then switched to garden design after a career break to raise her family. A one-year Garden Design Foundation course at Capel Manor College fired her with a enthusiasm for the whole subject and she went on to study there for a further two years to gain a Diploma in Garden Design. She completed the course this summer and was awarded the prize for 'Best Student' on her course.
The projects Michele became involved with outside her course, such as the Methodist Church Courtyard Garden, played a large part towards this and gave her valuable experience. She has since been invited to receive an additional award by the Worshipful Company of Gardeners to be presented at their annual autumn court dinner, for being Capel Manor College's top student in garden design this year (over their various campuses).
She is now taking on work as an independent garden designer and stylist. Michele is passionate about good design and inspired to create both private gardens and public spaces that enhance the environment, enrich well-being and excite the senses.
The garden was dedicated on Saturday 4th November at by Revd John Butt, previously a minister at Hertford Methodist Church.
We look forward to our new garden being enjoyed by all who use our premises for many years to come.