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Martin - Garden Designer - Southport, England, UK

Michele Martin

Southport, England, UK


Garden Designer


I specialise in creating gardens designed to your taste and for your lifestyle.

Work History

Show Garden Executive

Southport Flower Show

March 2012 - August 2012

Show Gardens Executive

Southport Flower Show

March 2012 - August 2012

Managing and marketing the show gardens for this years show. The theme this year is Cool.

Marketing exec

Southport Flower Show

January 2011 - January 2012

Sales and Marketing Executive

Southport Flower Show

December 2010 - September 2011

Competitions Organiser

Southport Flower Show

December 2010 - September 2011

Alongside my garden design business I'm also helping organise this year's Southport Flower Show. It's great working with the team and helping to make the show ever better.
If you've got any ideas or want to get involved in this year's Southport Flower show - do get in touch.

Talks & Lecture Theatre manager

Southport Flower Show

April 2010 - August 2010

Organised speakers for a series of talks and demos each day of the Southport Flower Show.
Also a talk myself on 'How to create successful flower borders' and did 2 Q&A sessions on the bandstand including one with Sir Roddy Llwellyn.

BBC Horticultural Researcher for Chelsea Flower Show


April 2010 - May 2010

I split my time equally between the show gardens and the Great Floral Pavillion. First I researched the show gardens, interviewed the deisgners and then briefed the producers and camera crews before filming. During filming I helped jogged the designers memories of plant names and key features in their gardens. (giving interviews to camera can play havoc with ones memory) During the editing I checked the pictures matched the plants mentioned and if labelled that the name was spelt correctly.
For the pavillion I researched the exhibitors and came up with ideas for stories to tell while viewing the stands. So for Chris Beardshaw I had the idea of 'colour combinations' and for Carol Klein 'tough plants for tough places'. Then I arranged different exhibitors to bring demo items and got agreement for us to film at each location. Prior to filming I took the steady camera crew around to rehearse their shots and check on health and safety. Then during filming I recorded all the plant names and checked the presenters used the correct ones yelling 'Cut!' when they didn't. That only happened once, thank goodness.


Sefton Chamber of Commerce

January 2009 - January 2012

I was an enthusiastic member of Sefton Chamber of Commerce and of its Members Board.

Gardening Expert

BBC Radio Merseyside

May 2008 - September 2008

BBC Radio Merseyside's gardening expert offering advice to listeners in live 1 hour phone-in programme on Sunday afternoons.


Outside Influence Garden Design

July 2003 - July 2003

Just been finalising the special offer on my garden coaching service. This is for homeowners who want to look after their own garden but need some coaching on what to do and when. The first half hour is free. More details on the website


Society of Garden Designers

January 2003 - January 2010

Organised workshops and lectures for continuing professional development of members of The Society of Garden Designers.
e.g. 21st Century Lighting & Designing with Trees.
Also organised a visit to The Garden of Cosmic Speculation.

Tatton Park show crew

Royal Horticultural Society

January 2000 - January 2005

Worked in many areas including:
- recruiting new RHS members
- marking out the showground for the marquees, gardens and trade stands, putting up fencing and shovelling bark
- managing the flower arranging marquee - think sharpened gladioli at dawn!
- managing the 50 strong plant creche and plant porter service.
Loved it - lots of great 'can do' people and working in the beautiful deer park on a summer morning was quite magic.


Royal Horticultural Society

January 1999 - January 2011

Managed 50 staff in the Plant & Product Creche & Porter Service at RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park.

Medical Representative


March 1983 - May 1986

Principle Garden Designer

Outside Influence


Qualifications & Certifications

Myerscough College

Reaseheath College

Uni. Bradford

BA (Hons) & BSc (Hons)


Folkestone Girls Grammar School

Folkestone Girls Grammar School

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