How we got here
Lady Penelope Gardens was founded in 2007 by Angela Palmerton, one of life’s ‘born gardeners’, with a life-long innate love of plants, wildlife and the natural world. Her professional horticultural career started when she left her job within wildlife documentary production. Starting as a sole gardener in a tiny van, Angela soon realised that she wanted to form a company tailored more towards the larger country garden and estate, for the opportunity to demonstrate fine technical horticulture and development planning they often require. Enter the first member of staff in 2008, followed by a year-on-year growth to a current team of 13.
With an increasing demand for high-end services for private country estates and the larger gardens in the area, Angela realised that this was exactly where Lady Penelope’s niche laid. In 2016 Angela invested in a senior management team to guide and support this new important growth period, and what a resounding success that has been.
In 2018 our work received two prestigious industry awards, which recognised our skills within historic estates and gave a seal-of-approval that we were getting it right!
Where we are (Winter 2018/19)
We have streamlined the services we offer to ensure we deliver the best possible service and outcome for our Clients. Our particular expertise is fine horticulture, soft-landscaping and conservation driven work. We are securing a network of related specialisms such as hard-landscapers, designers, landscape architects and conservation professionals.
Through our recent collaborations, Angela has been invited to lend her expertise and opinions on industry specific panels, debates and seminars (3 this year!) where she is able to give insight into Lady Penelope’s particular niche market. We realise the importance and wish to nurture our collaborations within the industry and keep abreast of industry best practice, for example plant health, sustainability, and other key drivers in the future of our industry.
Where are we going
With our new streamlined business, we aim to continue with steady focussed growth increasing our exposure as the authority when it comes to the care of fine country gardens and estates. We are particularly looking to attract more Clients with a need for long-term development projects encompassing our skill base of horticulture, soft-landscaping and conservation driven work.
We will also be increasing our offering to landscape architects and designers requiring a bespoke soft-landscaping and after-care service for their Clients.
We are also hoping to roll out a series of talks and masterclasses for audiences from our own clients, exclusive clubs and societies and indeed other professionals.