Nikki Hol­lier, Border in a Box

Country Homes & Interiors - - RUTLAND GARDEN -

Gar­den­ing was al­ways a respite from cor­po­rate life for Nikki Hol­lier, who lives in Per­shore in Worces­ter­shire, with a gar­den dot­ted with tulips, her favourite flower. ‘I spent 20 years in IT and had some great ex­pe­ri­ences,’ she says, ‘but at times I suf­fered badly from stress and the gar­den acted as my healer.’

In search of a change of pace, in 2014 Nikki left her job to study hor­ti­cul­ture at a lo­cal col­lege. With bud­ding con­fi­dence, she en­tered the RHS Spring Fes­ti­val Show in Malvern and was thrilled to win the Sil­ver Award. Nikki now had the in­spired idea of cre­at­ing gar­den kits for own­ers of new-build homes. ‘When you buy a new house, of­ten you’re faced with a bor­ing patch of turf, about the size of a stamp! I know, hav­ing owned one my­self,’ she says.

The kits take the hard work out of de­cid­ing what to plant, and where, of­fer­ing tem­plates and plant lists to suit dif­fer­ent con­di­tions. To fund the idea, Nikki had to sell her home and down­size, but has no re­grets. ‘I’m thrilled to win,’ she says. ‘To re­ceive a pat on the back for all my hard work is won­der­ful.’

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