Beverly McAlpine

Name: Beverly McAlpine
Course: Part Time Diploma Garden Design
Age: 54
Nationality: British

What was your background before KLC?
Before KLC I did the Capel Manor foundation in Garden design to see if it was for me. I had been working as an Occupational Therapist in therapeutic horticulture and was fascinated by some of the designs for therapeutic gardens in mental health and ageing.

Why did you decide to study Garden Design?
I would like to develop my skills and design therapeutic gardens for public spaces and private homes with a view to one day setting up my own therapeutic garden for the public to enjoy. I have been involved with Greenscape design for the last two years on an advisory basis and hope to get involved in future projects.

What did you think of the course?
A very dynamic course which stretched me in more ways than I ever imagined. Quality of teaching is very good and Hampton Court as a base has been a real treat as it allowed the students to work in the gardens and learn skills from the resident employees.

What are your design interests/strengths?
I like the concept stage very much and using my imagination to come up with ideas for gardens – creating atmospheres through space , plants and objects. I guess this is where my strengths lie at the present time.

What plant best represents you?
Euphorbia is a fascinating plant. I love the hues of green in all the species - it  is a highly versatile plant that looks good with many combinations of colour, form and texture. I like to think of myself as someone who can adapt to  many situations with an open mind and spirit!

Which are your favourite gardens?
Of course I love many different gardens from formal to wild. Living in Asia introduced me to tropical gardens and the wonderful variety of palms and colourful perennials and the formal gardens of Paris where I also lived for a number of years.

Who is your favourite designer?
I like many designers. Charlotte Rowe’s subtle lines and contemporary style is imaginative and appealing. I also love the apparent relaxed planting styles of Piet Oudolf, especially his work with grasses!

    

Examples of Beverly's final project work - Winter Exhibition 2015