Hi I'm Debi. I am a professional gardener and writer working in large country gardens throughout North Somerset.
From propagation to pruning; plant advice to garden maintenance, development and design.
I have a RHS Diploma in Horticulture from Bristol Botanic Gardens and Bridgwater, Cannington Walled Gardens.
I volunteered at Tyntesfield, National Trust property in North Somerset as a Harvester in the kitchen garden; tending to the fruit, veg and herb crops for the restaurant and also the visitor's produce table.
I have been lucky enough to have great gardening mentors and a family history steeped in farming.
Since I was small I have always been enthralled by gardens, nature and the great outdoors.
A primary school trip to Sheffield Park in Sussex ignited a fascination in the beauty of plants, trees and their changing colours and forms throughout the seasons.
Growing up in East Sussex, I was surrounded by beautiful woodland, leafy outdoor spaces and the sea.
I studied art, graphic design, photography and media, specialising in documentary making, at Hastings and Bristol respectively; all put to good use with planting plans, appreciating colour combinations and shapes, fuelling my passion for plant photography and printmaking.
I started my career as a PADI Divemaster and certified Media Diver in the TV/film industry working on pop promos, films and many popular television series in three main areas - underwater, undercover and mini cams, specialising in cameras, u/w lighting, safety diving and rigging; working on over 80 productions.
I then went on to spend ten years at the University of Bath. I was Website Manager for TeamBath; working on three Olympic and Paralympic Games: Athens, Beijing and London 2012.
I was looking for a change to promote health and wellbeing and I found it. Out-of-the-blue my name came up on a long waiting list for an allotment.
It changed my life!
I spent every waking moment at the allotment. The satisfaction of transforming weeds and rubble into sowable soil was tremendous. Like therapy! The joy of getting my hands dirty, seeing seedlings grow, each one a little miracle and then taking home a harvest was humbling and fulfilling.
A few months later Debi Holland Gardening was born...