Angela Palmerton MCIHort

Founder and CEO

Angela is one of life’s ‘born gardeners’ and her passion for plants and gardening, together with the myriad of bugs and other wildlife in our gardens was noticed at an early age. You could say that she quite literally got the gardening bug! But is Angela nuts about gardening, or is she just nuts?, the jury is out.

Her enthusiasm and love of the outdoors continues unabated and has fuelled her ambition to care for and create imaginative and beautiful gardens with a specialism in gardening for wildlife. Angela’s passion for wildlife has been apparent throughout her career, which has previously included being Head of Production for natural history documentaries working with broadcasters such as the BBC, Discovery and National Geographic.

Angela’s role at Lady Penelope today involves quite a lot of talking … (to the team, her clients and professional contacts), but joking aside she can most often be seen working as a consultant, or speaking and networking at industry events, consulting with clients, securing new work and marketing and growing the business. Angela loves gardening so much that she built up a big enough team to ensure that she never actually has to do any!

She quite often craves practical hands-on gardening, however only on a still, sunny day in June and certainly not in Winter!

Tanya Wallis

Gardens Manager

Tanya is our highly valued Gardens Manager, looking after our private garden clients, including horticulture within our estates, and is a mentor and manager to the entire team. Tanya also has a real flair for planting design will work closely with our clients in the long-term development of their gardens. She is a highly skilled horticulturist, having begun her career 18 years ago where, after studying her RHS level 2 and The History of Gardens, she started her own gardening business. She became interested in garden design after working on projects with a Chelsea gold winning designer. She has continued with her professional development over the years to extend her wide horticultural and garden design knowledge.

Tanya became a craftsman horticulturalist at Arundel Castle, where her main areas of responsibility were the Collectors Earls Garden, the Victorian glasshouse, the private orchid collection as well as working with the team in all areas of the Castle Estate.

In her spare time at home in between being a breeder of Mediterranean miniature donkeys no less, she has designed her own garden and grows all her own vegetables which is certainly one way of using the manure!!

Area of expertise: Roses … and donkeys

Neil Hammond

Lead Gardener

Neil is a senior horticulturist and craftsman gardener. His time is spent working with Tanya in our private gardens.

Neil has over 30 years of experience, extensive plant knowledge and a wide ranging skill set in horticulture and landscaping. He is an effective project manager, and his previous experience includes being Estate Manager for a golf centre and parkland including a 4-acre private formal garden. Neil has also had his own successful landscaping business, designing and constructing gardens throughout Sussex. His apprenticeship was at the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens and later gained a National Diploma in Landscape Gardening at Merrist Wood College. He has helped build two award winning gardens at Chelsea Flower Show.

When not immersed in his own large flower and organic vegetable garden he somehow has the energy for running and long distance walks.

Favourite motto: no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing!

Alex Miller

Senior Gardener

Alex has a wealth of knowledge having worked in various large gardens and private estates. He has many technical horticultural skills such as specialised pruning, propagation, soft and hard landscaping, to name but a few.

Alex started his horticultural career 17 years ago by studying at Brinsbury College where he gained his National Diploma in Horticulture and Garden Design. Whilst studying he became heavily involved in the construction of the college Show Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which was awarded Silver Gilt Medal. This is where his passion for creating beautiful outside spaces began.

Alex has especially enjoyed teaching junior members of horticultural teams and volunteers, and he has now fulfilled a life time ambition to become a part time qualified Swimming Coach to both children and adults.

Libby Wain

Gardener

Libby is part of our gardening team, and with continued in-house training under the leadership of Tanya, Libby has a strong career path ahead of her. She joined Lady Penelope after completing an apprenticeship and successfully achieving a Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture. Libby is a great asset to the team, always willing to throw her hands to anything.

She is passionate about wildlife and the natural world, and applies her knowledge throughout the gardens she works in. She has worked in France volunteering for horticultural organisations, in particular organic farming. Her long-term goal is to run a self-sufficient smallholding in line with the principles of permaculture.

Jamie Strange

Landscaper/Groundsman

Jamie is foreman to the landscaping team with responsibility for managing the day to day operation of all our landscaping projects. He is also our resident digger operator, with experience operating excavators up to 17-tonnes. He is a real asset to the company, being experienced not only in hard and soft landscaping, but also professional groundmanship and estates work.

Jeremy Grove

Accountant

Jeremy leads our senior management team, and is at the helm of all finance and business matters, advising and guiding Angela through the business expansion. Jeremy has over 30-years experience in both practice and commerce, having been a partner in a firm of chartered accountants and a finance director for a property and construction group. He also has the questionable task of upgrading all our office and field IT systems, poor chap. Alongside his love of travelling, he enjoys membership of the Sussex Wildlife Trust and WWF. Oh, and doing sums and clever stuff on excel!

Beverly Law MCIHort

Business Development/Marketing

Bev is a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, and has been a part of the Lady P team from the early days, initially as a Senior Gardener and more recently working alongside and supporting Angela in the business development. Bev has been involved in horticulture for most of her working life (her father trained under the broadcaster Fred Streeter, Head Gardener at Petworth House). She has the RHS General Certificate in Horticulture with distinction, has owned and managed her own small plant nursery, and has created her own stunning garden which was featured on television. And to add to the list, Bev has a BSc in Psychology (rather handy in our office at times!) and her final Dissertation was called "The Need to Garden". Bev is a member of the EHSSG, a local self-sufficiency group and actively grows all her own fruit and vegetables.

Jo Burdett

Office Manager

Jo has always gardened either at home, or sometimes professionally. Her career began as an Air Hostess but she rapidly progressed to Operations Manager for a private airline. Jo attended Brinsbury College where she gained a National Certificate in Countryside Management and Environmental Conservation. She then stayed at Brinsbury to teach this course, and later became Business Development Manager developing short Land Based Commercial Courses. Jo then moved to the Work Based Learning Department at Brinsbury and became a trainer and assessor. Further experience includes working in Business and Management, Hospitality and Operations Manager for a private training company.

Jo is a keen horsewoman and will be found out riding in the countryside along with her 3 dogs or mucking out at the yard, she’s very fit!

Frankie

The real boss!

Frankie and Angela go hand in hand, and Frankie has been a full-time member of the gardening team since she was a tiny puppy. 9 years on and both Angela and Frankie are slightly heavier and stiffer, and so Frankie is seen most often in and around the office and farm having a slightly more gentle life. But still with plenty of fuss, attention and biscuits (as if we could forget!)


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