We have been very busy behind the scenes here at Southend Barns to ensure that everything is in tip top shape for all our couples this summer. Whether weddings are big or small, we are committed to delivering a day that is perfectly executed, right down to every last detail. This is all made possible by our incredibly dedicated team who go above and beyond for all our couples.
As a venue with lots of outdoor space including a courtyard, rose garden, kitchen garden, a plethora of flower beds and of course our Secret Garden ceremony area, it is important that we keep these areas looking beautiful all year round.
Here, Gemma discusses her role as our new gardener and what her future plans are for the gardens here at the barns…
Tell us about your career so far
I had never considered gardening as a job for myself originally, although I had always enjoyed gardening and being outdoors. I studied criminology at university and tried a variety of jobs before taking on a year long gardening apprenticeship at a private estate. During my 3 1/2 years there I had the opportunity to go on different courses and learn from the skilled team I worked with. I now couldn’t imagine doing anything else!
What have you been working on in the Southend Barns gardens?
I have been working on all the flower beds, getting to know the planting schemes, and growing vegetables in the kitchen garden. One of the first jobs that needed doing was weeding, adding plants, top dressing and bark, to one of the large beds in the car park. It has been fun seeing the area develop.
What are your future plans for the gardens?
I hope to improve the kitchen garden by making the area more efficient, to grow plenty of produce next year.
What is your favourite part of the gardens?
I have found it interesting seeing the flower beds develop over the summer here at Southend Barns. My favourite area is near the kitchen and formal lawn where lupins, alliums, roses, lysimachia, mint, tulips, alchemilla, nepeta, and large grasses grow, amongst many others. There’s so much colour and texture.
Who are you inspired by?
I am inspired by visiting other gardens and seeing different ways of using plants. I recently visited RHS Garden Wisley which gave me lots of ideas! I also find talking to other gardeners and hearing about the gardening they are passionate about, a great way to learn.