Dorris is the nickname given to me by two of my colleagues Dave and Richard.  They find it amusing and it has stuck.




I am a full-time Mum and plant mad person who also works as a creator of gardens.  I can provide design and maintenance advice, create gardens from scratch, update garden planting schemes as well as garden maintenance. Yep, I am a great weeder.

I have worked with the owner of a walled garden in Winslow, Bucks. to update and restore her garden to its former splendor and beyond, into a garden style more befitting modern family life.

I have carried out a number of designs which range from planting plans to complete new design.

I assisted the dressing of a large garden near High Wycombe ready for its public open days under the Yellow Book Scheme.  I have had a couple of seasons growing herbs, vegetables and flowers for sale at markets.  It has been a pleasure to plant up containers for time strapped professionals.

IMG_2317 I continue to work as Dorris as part of a small team for a rather special family garden on the edge of the Chiltern hills.  I oversee the formal herbaceous gardens as well as the wilder Woodland area of the garden.  Some of the larger projects worthy of comment here include a lighting scheme, the greenhouse, sourcing garden sculpture, and planting of new trees to create a copse for the future. 

I am an avid reader of gardening books and magazines and try to visit as many gardens and Shows as I can get away with.  I am an amateur photographer with far too many plant pictures and thought this blog would be a good ‘home’ to park my pictures.  I hope you will enjoy my posts.

The photographs and content of this blog are all my own work.  The photos have been taken by me and if you would like to use them in any shape or form please be sure to contact me for permission.  Please send me an email at dorrisgarden@yahoo.co.uk  

I will get back to you as soon as I am in from the garden.

11 thoughts on “About”

  1. The walled garden in Bucks sounds exciting and the garden in the Chilterns intriguing. Looking forward to hearing more about both of them and your own garden of course!

    • Hi outofmyshed and thanks for your interest. These are on my ‘to do’ list and I will be working on putting together a post about each of them soon. Your encouragement has prompted me to start drafting.

  2. Hi Dorris – I have arrived here via In A Vase On Monday and Rambling In The Garden. It sounds like you have a very interesting gardening life and I am looking forward to reading your future posts.

  3. What an interesting potted history you have Dorris! I will try and catch up with you occasionally for more than just your Monday vases…

  4. Intriuging! I can’t wait to read more. As for compulsive photo taking… I’m glad to know that it’s not just me! I find that photos help me to get writing.

  5. Pleased to meet you. Your photographs of nature are full of celebration. I love that. 🙂

  6. Hi Dorris, Thank you for following Jane’s Lens. I hope you enjoy my work. You have a lovely blog!

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