The Thames Valley Venus Awards are celebrating the achievements of women in business across Berkshire.
The shortlist has been drawn up and Reading Business Forum caught up with Cathy Cornish of Wild To Wonderful Garden Design who has been nominated for the IKEA Green Business Award.
“We’re really pleased to be nominated for this award,” says Cathy. “We love what we do and it’s great to be recognised in this way and it serves as a pat on the back.”
Cathy has been running her garden design business for over 13 years and has helped several hundred customers transform their gardens; turning ideas into reality and providing them with a gardens to suit their lifestyles, whether through a complete new garden makeover or simply updating borders with new planting combinations to give them a new lease of life.
“We spend a lot of time listening to our customers to make sure that we help them create the garden of their dreams, in the way that is best for them, by offering a range of flexible services which can be tailored to each customer’s individual needs and preferences.” Cathy says.
“As well as redesigning domestic gardens, I have also worked with local housing associations, revitalising borders around sheltered accommodation and nursing homes; designed and planted landscaped areas around industrial buildings and laboratories; and created sensory gardens at local schools to provide exciting learning facilities for pupils.”
Creating an inspirational place is high on the list of priorities for most home-owners and bearing in mind that a garden can add 10%-20% to the value of a property if it’s done well, it’s an investment well worth doing.
But not everyone wants a total garden transformation or has £10,000 to spend.
Cathy is one only a handful of garden designers offering a bespoke service where clients can choose the level of help they want.
“Some people want a complete garden transformation so that they can have an inspirational space. Others just want some practical advice on planting and a sketch of what they may be able to do themselves.” Cathy explains.
“There are many ways that I can help people come up with their dream garden. Clients can have a 1-2 hour consultancy session where we talk about what clients want and outline the possibilities. I can help with Planting Plans and plant shopping days, or I can do it all for you – from concept, design and construction through to finished garden.”
As well as offering a flexible service Cathy also appears at public events around the area so that potential clients can meet her in an informal environment and chat about ideas.
So if you want a planting masterclass or a consultancy session or just want to transform your entire outdoor space, head over to WildToWonderful.co.uk and have a call with Cathy.
The next event she is attending is on Monday 28th May – Harwell Feast 2018 – Recreation Ground, Harwell village, Oxfordshire.