Gardens have always given me a sense of stillness and serenity, immersing myself within the swaying leaves, chirping crickets and whistling birds. On a summer’s evening, nothing is better than gathering around the garden table to dine under the fading sun. Joining The Oxfordshire Gardener team, I feel very lucky to witness outstanding gardens every day, and observe the limitless creativity of landscaping. As an artist too, I always turn to the garden to spark my first ideas for a painting. I have welcomed a wealth of new insight into many beautiful flowers, plants and trees since starting my role here. The extraordinary colours, textures and shapes of natural forms are a hive of endless inspiration.