Angela's passion for gardens was noticed at an early age when she was often found with her nose in some plant or other or her hands buried in the soil. Her enthusiasm and love of the outdoors continues unabated and has grown in its ambition to include the design and creation of 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 is managing a team of skilled individuals in the maintenance and development of her client’s gardens and estates. Whilst she often misses the hands-on role of gardening, which was the interest that started Lady Penelope, Angela is as equally committed to the investment of time and energy in training and recruitment skilled professional employees who contribute to the long term success of Lady Penelope as a business.
Estates and Gardens Advisor
Mark trained in horticulture at the Royal Horticultural Society’s garden, Wisley and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. His first professional role was a Head Gardener to a private Cotswold four-hundred acre estate in which he also established a forty-acre arboretum that cultivated a collection of tree species used in furniture production.
He was a freelance garden designer for fifteen years after that before taking a role as Gardens Adviser to gardens of the National Trust including Sissinghurst, Mottisfont, Nymans and the World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. More recently he gained a Masters in the Conservation of Historic Gardens and Cultural Landscapes at the University of Bath. He is a volunteer for the Sussex Gardens Trust and Nymans gardens.
Lead Gardener/Gardens Manager
Tanya began her career in horticulture 17 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, soft landscaping and garden design knowledge.
She 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 one way of using the manure!!