Katherine Lee Garden Design
I’m Katherine Lee, founder of the busy studio of Katherine Lee Garden Design based in the heart of Hampshire’s smallest town, Whitchurch.
Friends say I’m creative, energetic, passionate, brave and get things done.
All I know is that from age 6, after my parents called off the search for their missing daughter, having found me tending my patch of garden, I had caught the gardening bug.
My journey into garden design has been circuitous, through psychology, finance and the city (my first degree / PwC / YouGov plc as their first (and award winning) CFO / my own investor relations consultancy for 10 years). Throughout this 20+ year career, several threads ran through my life: my love of the outdoors, adventuring, traveling, hiking, gardens, gardening. You get the idea.
When I realised I was spending much of my free time advising friends and friends of friends on their gardening, garden design and garden challenges, I decided to make a wholesale change, leading ultimately to a distinction in the Garden Design Diploma from the world renowned London College of Garden Design based at Kew Gardens in London.
I know how much of a privilege owning outside space is and its my ambition to help clients get the best of this resource. How a garden makes you feel is a key driver of my garden design approach. Being unafraid of change is an essential tool in garden design.
I work with a cross-section of residential and commercial clients. I believe that rewilding can begin at home (or rather at garden) and sustainability is a critical theme in all I do). A current commercial project is looking at bringing the wonders of nature to a SEN nursery in Basingstoke.
I’ve worked with some leading designers at RHS Chelsea and RHS Chatsworth in 2019 and am looking forward to planting again at Chelsea this year. Watch this space for a show garden…