All change!

Chelsea gold medal winner Trish Waugh has closed award-winning The Landscape Design Company. In an email this week she said:

“These past five years have been full of change for me. Of most significance was the passing of [husband] Doug four and a half years ago which left a big challenge to carry on with the company that Doug and I had so passionately built together. Because of this I feel it is now time to consider new horizons.”

Trish has sold her Athenree property and is living on the outskirts of Paeroa with her new partner.

“I have become increasingly conscious of my responsibilities as a custodian of our natural landscapes and of the vital need to consider future generations through sustainable practices in whatever I choose to do. This is, I believe, where my future pathways lie.

“My current focus is on gardening a large productive garden to gain a deeper understanding of the seasons, the soil and the plants and on incorporating the ethics of permaculture and sustainability into this work. For the time being I am not offering any design services but at a later date it is my intention to set up as a permaculture garden designer.”

Trish attended the International Permaculture Convergence in Jordan in 2010 and more recently has been part of the team – with former colleagues Sue Peachey and Hugo Verhagen – bringing Permablitzes to the Katikati area.

Here’s a photo of Trish working in the remade Chelsea garden – Garden of 100% Pure Ora – at Taupo Museum.

Touchwood Books has changed hands and moved from Hastings to Levin.

The new owner of the mail-order garden book business is Liz Legge, who has a background in both horticulture and IT and has set up a new-look website. Liz gained a distinction in amenity horticulture from Massey University in 1987, the year Peter and Diane Arthur started Touchwood Books!