Debbie Carroll – Profile
I began gardening from an early age and have always had a passion for nature, wildlife, plants and art. Debbie Carroll Garden Design began in 2004 following studying Horticulture and Garden Design at Sparsholt College, Hampshire.
I am able to draw on a wide variety of skills from previous work roles within the Armed Services and 23 years for John Lewis as a Department Manager for 18 of them. These jobs gave me an early grounding in setting high standards, exceeding customers’ expectations and delivering to deadlines.
Over the years I have gained a reputation for spotting solutions to problems and for seeking out the best practices to enhance how things work, increase sales and manage cost control. I have a proven track record within John Lewis for developing new ideas that were later adopted by the wider Department store division.
I am always committed to seeing a job through and my communication skills ensure that I can paint the vision of what is required clearly to all involved. I am able to work with people at all levels having managed a team of 100+, working collaboratively within a job share and with a wide range of other disciplines within my design business.
I believe that gardens and the outdoors can, and should, improve and touch people’s lives. Building a close relationship with my Clients is important to me and ensures that the resulting design is both thoughtful and has a very personal touch. Most of my designs are for a wide range of gardens including traditional, urban, wildlife and contemporary. I have also carried out some higher profile, public projects including: hospital and care home gardens, a small public space and memorial gardens.
During 2013 along with fellow garden designer, Mark Rendell, we designed and carried out a research project into what makes gardens effective and more actively used for those living with dementia in a care setting. This has been a thought-provoking and challenging project, causing us to reflect deeply on our own practices and those in our design sector. We have published a summary of our findings and have created a diagnostic tool for use with care homes who want to develop their outdoor spaces.
I love to see our natural world used in a very personal and meaningful way and to seeing people come to life within it.