About us

See our work in the June 2022 edition of Gardens Illustrated magazine: https://www.scribd.com/article/576003395/French-Lessons

We are Imogen Checketts and Kate Dumbleton, professional horticulturalists from the UK who have been based in Caunes-Minervois in Occitanie, France, since 2014.

We produce, sell, design and plant beautiful combinations of perennial flowers, grasses and shrubs for people and wildlife in a Mediterranean climate.

No.Siret: 81459273900019 design

No.Siret: 82330434000016 Nursery / Pépinière

About Imogen Checketts:

Former Head Gardener at Pensthorpe Wildlife and Gardens (www.pensthorpe.com) Imogen has a FdSc. in Horticulture and Garden Design and a BSc. (Hons) in Landscape and Heritage.

Imogen’s work over the past 20 years has included working alongside the garden designer Piet Oudolf, redesigning and planting his first UK public garden; working at Osborne House for English Heritage; and working at a specialist tree, shrub and perennials nursery.

Imogen has worked with the BBC’s Gardener’s World team which filmed Pensthorpe’s Millenium Garden, and advised the BBC’s Spring Watch programme which filmed wildlife in the different gardens at Pensthorpe for 3 consecutive years. Her horticultural interests are in mixed perennial and grass planting, planting for wildlife and dry gardens, as well as woodland habitats and edible gardening.

Imogen designed and built the new Wave Line Garden, the Wildlife Habitat Garden and has extended the original Millenium Garden at Pensthorpe.

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About Kate Dumbleton:

Always a keen gardener and having spent a year working on organic gardens in Australia, Kate re-trained in 2011 to gain a double distinction at Level 3 in Horticulture at the Nottingham Trent University’s Brackenhurst college.

After winning the top student of the year award (The Peter O’Dell Trophy), Kate worked at STAA in Nottingham, managing a new heritage demonstration garden on a Grade II* listed site of 600 detached pleasure gardens, and the Hanbury Botanical Gardens in Italy.

Terrasse végétale and dry stone wall, Cevennes
Terrasse végétale and dry stone wall, Cevennes

When living in Nottingham, Kate qualified in Permaculture Design and was a keen member of Ecoworks community gardens, the St. Ann’s Community Orchard and the Friends of Brackenhurst’s Victorian Walled Garden.

Previously, Kate worked in social research and project development for www.barkerlangham.co.uk cultural heritage projects, the RSWT’s Local Food programme www.localfoodgrants.org and ERDF and LSC environmental programmes.

Kate has a first degree in French (with Japanese) and a Master’s Degree by research in French, both from Nottingham University.

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