Based in London, Taryn Ferris is a qualified garden designer, experienced horticulturalist, and pre-registered member of the Society for Garden Designers.
Taryn grew up in Australia's Yarra Valley - traditional lands of Wurundjeri and an alliance of Kulin nations. Her family made a little farm and a large orchard. In 1999 she set off as a backpacker to London looking for streets paved with gold. The streets were mostly paved with chicken grease. She never really left.
A fine selection of retail jobs funded a BA Hons Ethics and Women's Studies. She thought she'd be a feminist academic until she rented a flat with a huge unloved garden *ALL TO HERSELF*. She fell in love with gardening by squandering money on a garden that wasn't her's. She appropriated plants in inappropriate places and slowly learned when they quickly died. She gave up on academia and wrote about gardens. She put her hands to RHS Horticulture exams followed by landscape design at Capel Manor College.
Before setting up her own design practice in 2016 Taryn worked for ten years in UK universities delivering award winning client services. And she still wins awards for client services - now running her own business. She gained early horticultural experience maintaining the gardens of London's Garden Museum, and worked on award winning show gardens at Hampton Court and Chelsea Flower Show for Robert Barker Garden and Landscape Design.
Taryn is a magpie and grabs cues and influences from everywhere: personal style, philosophical leanings, design inspiration. She has always loved the romance of abandoned and neglected spaces and the colonisation of plants within them. There's infinite inspiration in observing how it got on when we weren't looking. Whilst briefs are always an alchemy of client and designer, her goal is to embrace the wilder side of planting.
Romance always - roses where possible.