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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 where her family had 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.

Style: Anna Piaggi, Gilbert and George, Prince, Vivienne Westwood, Grace Jones. Heroes: Carlo Scarpa, Beth Chatto, Fran Lebowitz, Patsy Stone, bell hooks, Radiohead, Maggi Hambling

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