|I had no idea what a gold mine of information she is!
She shared so many tips and ideas of her own, which made sense, were easy to understand and even easier to put into practice.
Auntie Planty left me inspired and feeling able to crack on in my own garden. I have worked with pleasure and self-confidence in my garden since her visit. I will definitely have Valerie over again in the autumn to work with me on preparing my garden for the winter.
|In only one two-hour session I learnt such a lot, and now feel empowered to better understand my plants’ needs.
~ Rowan J
I bought a gift voucher from Auntie Planty for my wife, Valerie made an extra effort to ensure it was a surprise. When she came to help in our garden, she offered loads of advice and we are absolutely delighted with the results. She comes very highly recommended.
~ John R
|Any amateur gardener will probably have a couple of gardening books at home that they can read, but the information in them is all very general.What Auntie Planty has to offer is knowledge and horticultural experience that is actually tailor-made for your own garden.|
My daughter presented me with a 3-hour Auntie Planty gift voucher for my birthday.
During my voucher time with Valerie, we planted up more than 30 different roses, we discussed proper pruning for other plants, we identified several plant pest problems and she offered effective remedies, we talked about appropriate climbing frames for clematis and other climbers and she gave me some wonderfully colourful ideas for me to develop in the coming months.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time with her, I learnt a lot about proper care for my plants, it was good fun and her down to earth approach has given me inspiration to get gardening. I look forward to another session in the spring.
~ L G
|We had our back garden redesigned about 15 months ago and suddenly realised that we didn’t know enough about the on-going up keep to ensure it looked great all year round…that’s where Auntie Planty came in!Valerie is excellent at understanding what look we wanted to achieve and teaching/training us in how to get it. Her fantastic knowledge of plants and how they will look (especially when they grow!), coupled with her lovely sense of humour has been perfect for us.|
With my new house, I inherited a rather strange line of straggly willow plants between us and the neighbours – I was just about to pull them out, but Auntie Planty stopped me, and has helped me turn it into an attractive ‘fedge’ – a cross between a fence and a hedge. She has also guided me to establish my very first productive vegetable garden – I’m very pleased with my new found gardening skills.
~ R K J
|Thank you so much for your amazing advice and assistance. We were very lucky to meet you, and look forward to your next visit.
~ P Deer
She also showed me her own fail safe method to fill in the holes in my lawn, which is already working, and she pointed out a couple of cases of vine weevil and advised how to treat – again, very easy to do and easy to remember – and loads more! I enjoyed the 2 hours I spent with her enormously. I learnt so much valuable stuff from her and I very much look forward to showing her what a difference her time has made to me and my garden.
|Valerie has a fabulous concept in which she works alongside you and leaves you with an understanding of your own garden. It feels great to have a little more ownership of my garden armed with just a little more knowledge that she kindly shared with me.
~ Wendelien B
My garden needed some tender loving care, and yet I hadn’t a clue where to start. In a very short amount of time, Auntie Planty showed me how to prune my roses, how to move established plants, how to reseed my lawn, how to feed my plants appropriately and how to consider suitable plants for seasonal colour for the gaps, so that the garden looked interesting all year round.
|Valerie’s recommendations on specific nutrient deficiencies and plant pest control was very helpful. I look forward to her return visit in the spring.
~ Nancy M
Auntie Planty has helped transform my neglected, struggling garden and more importantly given me the confidence and ability to maintain it. Full of knowledge and energy she was a joy to work with.
~ Amanda A
|We had our back garden redesigned about 15 months ago and suddenly realised that we didn’t know enough about the on-going up keep to ensure it looked great all year round…that’s where Auntie Planty came in! Valerie is excellent at understanding what look we wanted to achieve and teaching/training us in how to get it. Her fantastic knowledge of plants and how they will look (especially when they grow!), coupled with her lovely sense of humour has been perfect for us. She visits us approximately once every few months to help us prepare for the upcoming season – everyone comments on how great the garden looks and a huge part of that is down to Valerie/Auntie Planty.
~ James L
Part garden designer, part hands on gardener, part trouble shooter. Did a great job with a very difficult wisteria. Also has given me excellent advice and help with the rest of the garden. A local gardening centre recommended her to me saying that can sort any problem or save any plant, that’s been true.
~ Dan M
|Valerie was recommended to me about 3 years ago when I had just moved into a town-house with very small back garden. She helped me make a small lawn & make the most of the flower beds – not an easy task as one side bed and the bed at the back get very little light. She is so enthusiastic, knowledgeable and hands on that it is infectious and she fills you with inspiration.Last autumn she completely redesigned a large bed outside the front of my house forming part of the communal gardens. Together we selected various plants (mainly Valerie’s suggestions) and drew a plan & then planted many different plants and shrubs to give colour and texture throughout the year. I can’t wait to see the bed in spring & then will enjoy working on it throughout the year seeing the plants grow to make a full, colourful bed that will be the envy of all around! I know of many garden designers but have never come across anyone who offers such a unique service.I have learnt so much and know I can call on Valerie for help & advice.
~ Maureen W
Auntie Planty was fantastic! With her hands-on approach she guided us through the achievable possibilities of our overgrown garden, with us all working together. We wanted to take out some of the overgrown shrubs to plant apples, plums and pears cordons. We also wanted to make some space for some raised beds to grow veggies and have space for our daughter to play!. We never dreamt it was possible change our garden so radically and so quickly , but with Valerie’s help we did it! Valerie also came up with news ideas to improve our garden and after only one two-hour session, we also laid some new turf, the garden seemed to stretch, and we had fun into the bargain…. So I would definetely recommend Auntie Planty
|I contacted Auntie Planty as the front garden needed re-turfing, and I am very pleased with the result. Not only did she tackle the problem of the grass area but she gave advice and assistance with improving the planting in the surrounding flower beds. Valerie is professional, skilled and knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Her enthusiasm for all things horticultural is apparent and I found it infectious. I like her method of working [i.e. getting the client involved in the work] as it gives people ownership of their garden I am more than happy to recommend Valerie [Auntie Planty] to prospective customers.
We wanted to change our garden from very boring to somewhere we enjoy being but knew from experience that we may waste lots of money on plants that didn’t work in the space we bought them for.
Auntie Planty’s knowledge was very impressive and we were very happy with the guidance she gave for plant choices on our trip to the garden centre. When we planted all our new purchases, Valerie encouraged me that it would spring to life soon, and she was so right. We had beautiful colours all summer, without spending a fortune and with no wasted money on mistake buys! Paying for Auntie Planty’s service was well worth the investment!
~ Clare J
|My overgrown garden was quite a daunting task, but with Auntie Planty’s guidance, she helped me to see through the jungle to the possibilities on the other side of a session of hard but accurate pruning. I’m very impressed with the space that I have gained as my garden is now 2 metres wider. I am ready to roll out Auntie Planty’s suggested phase 2!|
No matter what level a gardener you are, Valerie will help you as well as your garden to grow and flourish. Great experience with great company and great value for money.
~ Jules H
|Auntie Planty is a star! She transformed my very neglected garden into an eye-catching display of plants with striking foliage, and beautiful flowers with gorgeous smells. Everything suited it’s situation perfectly. She was extremely generous with her time and truly modern in her ideas. Without her high level of expertise, I would not have sold my house!
~ Danielle B
You can cut the grass and do the weeding but what you need is knowledge, advice and inspiration. Auntie Planty brings all of that.
~ Robert G
|Auntie Planty has helped me to create a very special garden. Her humour, her down to earth attitude and her ability to get the best possible results out of the plants in my garden has undoubtedly been the secret of her success.
~ T N
Auntie Planty has helped my daughter successfully reclaim our over-grown back garden.. I have to say that the display created in the front garden has had passers by stopping to admire the brilliance and good health of the roses.
~ M C
|Auntie Planty has helped me to create a special garden. Her humour, her down to earth attitude and her ability to get the best possible results out of the plants in my garden has been the secret of her success. She the the best. Every garden should have an AuntiePlanty! NT
~ N T
Auntie Planty is an inspiration. I had the most daunting jungle of a garden and we tackled it together. It was a huge task but her enthusiasm carried us through. We are now working on building a completely new garden from scratch. Not a bit daunting with Valerie’s knowledge, experience and endless enthusiasm and patience. No sensible gardener should be without Valerie at their elbow giving wonderful advice.
~ Sue S
|Auntie Planty offers a unique service to her customers, which I found invaluable. Buying my mother gift vouchers, which come in 2-4 hour sessions,instead of a bunch of flowers, gave her one to one tuition on ‘how to’ practical gardening skills and plant care. Time spent was highly productive and fun. The small limited outside space, gained kerb appeal. So gardening advice given at a very nice price. Thank u
~ clare b
We sought advice when we noticed that our previously lush terrace garden was looking miserable and the plants appeared to be dying. Auntie Planty was able to quickly diagnose the problem as ‘vine weevil’ and even managed to catch one to show us.
She explained that the bite marks in the leaves indicate the type of insect responsible, outlined the life cycle of this particular infestation and offered us several solutions. We chose the nematode method of treatment which works on the grubs in the soil and this has completely solved the problem returning our potted vines to their former glory.
Valerie was also able to advise us on the type of plants that would thrive in this particular location and how to prune the ones already there. She was also able to advise us on an elderly lime tree in the communal garden and identified a nasty outbreak of ground elder
We were thoroughly impressed by the range and depth of Valerie’s knowledge and her ability to transform gardening difficulties into an enjoyable and informative experience.
We are delighted to recommend Valerie to anyone who has plant problems from trees to pot plants.
~ L C
|Auntie Planty has been helping me with my garden for about three years now, and I am extremely impressed with the results. She must have magic fingers as all the plants respond to her pruning, transplanting and training and I have learnt so much from her too!
~ S G
I opened my garden up to the public under the National Garden Scheme, and I needed to have Auntie Planty’s speciality of plant health check to make sure that all of the plants were in tip top condition. I learnt a lot from her.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Auntie Planty to anyone who is looking for the best possible results for their garden.
~ J L
|This was our first house with a garden and we were clueless as to what needed doing. Auntie Planty taught us so much, from the most basic trouble shooting to the more aspirational aspects. Apart from her horticultural knowledge, she was invaluable in recommending reliable and reasonable local specialists like tree pruners, fence menders and hard landscapers. Thank you Valerie!
~ K F
I thoroughly enjoyed my gardening sessions with Auntie Planty. She gave me enthusiasm & confidence to tackle the garden myself. She was also great (& patient!) with my toddler who enjoyed the gardening with her too.
~ Caroline M
|Auntie Planty provides an extremely useful service; she is reliable, she knows what she is doing so my plants respond well and she is really good value for money.
~ Margaret W
I would like to commend Auntie Planty on all the help that she afforded my wife and I in planning our garden. Her approach it quite unique – involving us in all aspects of the garden, from shrubs to furniture. We were amazed and delighted at Valerie’s total enthusiasm for our garden – as if she was planning her own garden. We could not recommend Valerie high enough – don’t take our word for it – just experience it. We look forward to more valuable help and advice from Valerie in the near future.
~ William B
|Excellent advice given to us by Auntie Planty greatly helped in re-planning our garden. Valerie came to the nursery to help choose the right plants and continued past our agreed time to complete the planting. We will certainly use her services in the spring especially as it is becoming more difficult for me to work in the garden. Auntie Planty is a very cheerful and knowledgeable person and my wife and I would fully recommend her to our friends.
~ Robert W
Auntie Planty inspired us to have go at gardening. Her hand holding approach (including accompanied nursery trips) made us feel as though we were involved in creating our front garden rather than simply bystanders. She gave us some great tips – especially about seasonal planting and colour, and as a bonus she is very good value. I’ve loved seeing my front garden grow from nothing to something really quite lovely. If you don’t know where to start with your garden or you just want some good sound advice, call Aunty Planty!
~ S B
|Auntie Planty’s help and advice is invaluable. I have just booked her for some sessions throughout the spring as my garden is opening for the first time under the National Garden Scheme. Valerie will keep me and my garden on track, throughout the season, whatever the climate throws at us. She is an inspiration and a fountain of garden knowledge.
~ Anne S
It was a real pleasure to work with Auntie Planty, just what I needed. She understood instantly that we wanted a low maintenance garden/football pitch which was also nice to look out on and gave us tips and shortcuts to achieve this realistic goal. Her fun, get stuck in attitude is inspiring, I will never be scared to tackle the garden again!
~ Ruth D
|I used Auntie Planty to get ideas for a very dry, shady garden and she was a great help. I’ve implemented some of her ideas and have enjoyed a much prettier garden as a result! I’m looking forward to building on her advice this year. (She also helped me rescue an orchid, which is still thriving!)
~ Lynn S
Auntie Planty is very knowledgeable, but at the same time down to earth and practical. She is good fun to work with, and had my kids digging away within a few minutes. She works with the layout and plants you have, rather than suggesting drastic expensive changes and yet simply put, she makes your garden look great.
~ Lucy B
|Auntie Planty is a marvel. She has demystified gardening for me. Working with her on my garden is fun, interesting and productive. We took up half a patio and laid turf in an afternoon. I now look out now at healthy strong new grass. My shrubs are pruned and I have a manageable and exciting plan for the spring. I’m learning as we go along and thoroughly enjoying it. Looking out of the window I see MY garden not the overgrown unmanageable mess I started with. Valerie’s style of working with you to help you do what you want is great. Can’t recommend her enough.
~ Georgina Y
Auntie Planty is brilliant. Really helpful – especially as I’m a complete gardening novice. Very hands on and gets stuck in but explains everything as you do it with her and advises you as to what to plant, how to prune different plants etc. If you’re worried about tackling a jungle and don’t know where to start – Auntie Planty is definitely for you. 100% positive – a unique service.
~ Sian D
|I thought everyone should know that Auntie Planty doesn’t only do gardens, she advises on Houseplants too! Our new office was in need of some greenery, so after a site-visit to assess our light and space Valerie suggested a range of suitable ‘indestructable’ plants! Armed with Auntie Planty’s advice I hit the garden centres, and am now delighted with my mini-greenhouse… many thanks!
~ Linda B
We needed a complete revamp of the front garden, which for gardening newbies gave us a challenge – learn about gardening or pay to have it done. Auntie Planty provided us with the best of both worlds. She was really helpful, conscious of our budget, and good fun to do it with. We’d thoroughly recommend her.
~ James A
|My indoor plants were in dire need of TLC. Having Auntie Planty take care of my “babies” – her “patients” – was such a fun and uplifting experience! And it’s obvious she loves what she does.
~ Sue P
After living for years with nothing more than a roof terrace I finally got myself a rather overgrown little garden. Auntie Planty has helped me to tame it and add to it (I am an enthusiastic novice). She is very knowledgeable, down to earth and great fun to work with; very hands on and we have been out there in all sorts of weather! Excellent value for money and great tuition. I thoroughly recommend.
~ Julze B
|Our house was for sale and the garden really needed a make-over to look presentable to prospective buyers. We didn’t want to spend a fortune as we wanted to move and Auntie Planty came up with some great ideas for making it look good on a budget. She suggested what should go where and she went and bought the plants. Not only is Valerie incredibly knowledgeable but she’s full of fun and I know she’s keen for all of her clients to learn as she helps them.
~ Pippa D
A well-informed and enthusiastic teacher, who has supported us to plan and develop our garden. We are VERY pleased with the results and really appreciate her encouraging us to find our own design style. We would recommend her to anyone especially those wishing to develop their knowledge and understanding of gardening.
~ Jonathan W
|Auntie Planty’s advice is always down to earth and practical, obviously coming from a vast experience of how plants grow and what they can look like in all seasons. I wanted someone who could supplement my own knowledge, showing me how to use what I know to get better results and blend it into a whole that looked great and stayed that way. You won’t be sorry you called her!
~ Stephen M
We invited Auntie Planty to help us with our garden in Kingston, expecting an academic approach, but she is a whirlwind of energy with a hands on approach backed up by her extensive qualifications, knowledge and experience. She helped remove a small tree and some shrubs; advised how to prune and prepare soil, treat against insects and how to choose plants, what tools to use, how to plan our garden,etc. She demystified everything so that we felt confident enough to tackle our new garden. We will continue to get her ideas and help on an ongoing basis. What a revelation! Having your own garden consultant is an enlightening experience and avoids making costly mistakes. Valerie is worth every penny of her valuable time. Every garden should have an Auntie Planty !
~ Glenn and Lucie –
|After having fired our gardener we were delighted to come across Auntie Planty. She really does know her stuff. From a blank canvas she has helped build and shape the garden layout; it is now great and has something interesting for every season.
~ Annelyse F
After living with our rather dull and overgrown garden for the last five years Auntie Planty is giving it a new, exciting lease of life and making it a pleasure not only to relax in, but to learn about and nurture through the seasons. Her enthusiasm is infectious and her knowledge invaluable. We canʼt thank her enough for the difference she is making and if they could, our plants would be thanking her too.
~ Abigail C
|Auntie Planty is such fun to work with, she has so much enthusiasm and of course tremendous experience and is a constant flow of fantastic ideas!
~ Carys M
The most magnificent and knowledgeable lady at a very nice price! Auntie Planty really does know her stuff, our garden is beautiful and she has helped us to create it. Not only can I recommend her I would go so far as to say our crazy if you donʼt use her.
~ Donald L