Her television career began in 2003. From being a guest expert on Gardener’s World looking at pests with Monty Don, she was soon to be seen on subsequent programmes. She presented coverage from Gardeners’ World Live in 2003 as well as coverage from the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. Penny can also be seen on UK Style’s ‘Our House’ series as the garden designer, and as well as presenting coverage for Gardeners’ World Live 2004, she could also be found lecturing in their Celebrity Theatre. Penny also co-presents the latest series of Garden Rivals for UKTV Style and UKTV Gardening. Coupled to her presenting skills, Penny has also contributed to BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine.
Graduating from the University of Wales with a BSc in Botany in 1986, Penny took up a position at Searle-Hayne Agricultural college as a technician in their botany department. She went on to become a specialised agronomist whilst furthering her qualifications in garden design. Completing a postgraduate Certificate of Education in Horticulture and Agriculture in 1990, Penny then studied Garden Design at both intermediate and advanced levels with the Open College of the Arts. The English Gardening School awarded her a diploma in Plants and Plantsmanship with distinction in 2001.
As well as tutoring workshops in garden design across the country, Penny also provides agronomic advice to professional growers and market gardeners, covering a wide range of crops and husbandry. For this she also holds BASIS and FACTS certificates for chemical and fertiliser advice.
Penny’s highly successful garden design company has found satisfied clients in her native East Midlands and in London where her experience and quality of design has become highly regarded.