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.
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.
Lead Gardener/Gardens Manager
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!!
Mark is working on a freelance basis for Lady Penelope in the key areas of design, project management and mentoring. You can view some of his current work here: www.marklameygardens.com
Mark studied horticulture at the Royal Horticultural Society's garden, Wisley and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He spent five years as Head Gardener to a private estate in Gloucestershire before establishing as a freelance horticulturist to private garden owners in the Cotswolds. During this time he worked for notable garden designers that included Rosemary Verey, Rupert Golby and Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall.
More recently, he has worked for the National Trust as Gardens Adviser and was Project Manager for the Trusts Capability Brown tercentenary in 2016. Whilst working for the National Trust, he gained a Masters in the Conservation of Historic Gardens and Cultural Landscapes and qualified as a Project Manager. In April 2017, Mark returned to freelance work as a garden designer and consultant.