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