After training as a Garden Designer, Pip Probert started creating gardens in 2005. The first RHS Show Garden was built that year at the Tatton Park Flower Show introducing Pip into the world of horticulture, which then led onto bigger and better projects. Since then her design business ‘Outer Spaces’ has gone from strength to strength, with the last two years proving to be the best yet. Since 2005, Pip has created 14 RHS Garden Exhibits at various shows including RHS Chelsea Flower Show, RHS Tatton Park Flower Show, RHS Malvern Spring Flower Show and RHS/BBC Gardeners World Live. Each of these exhibits has been built to a high standard of design, construction and planting skill. All have been awarded an RHS Medal ranging from Bronze to GOLD.
Over the last few years Pip has worked with the BBC and the RHS in various different media, from taking part in a range of garden programmes such as Passion for Plants on BBC2, to giving live gardening advice on BBC Radio Merseyside on a regular basis. Pip writes a blog for the RHS in reference to her Show Gardens & gives talks and presentations at various RHS and private functions. Many of her gardens can be found featured in various books and Gardening Magazines.
Four years ago Pip ventured into yet another aspect of design and horticulture when she trained in floristry and floral design. This lead onto the opening of a Plant and Garden Boutique called ‘Inside Out’, on the Wirral. The Boutique predominantly provided plants and floristry, which covers planting plans and borders. The Outer Spaces floristry section obviously includes Commercial Floral Design, Wedding and Funeral flowers. The Boutique also acted as a foundation for Outer Spaces allowing Garden Design clients to come in for preliminary design discussions, which proved a success but restricted Pip’s ‘on-site’ time. We now offer all of the above, but without the ‘shop front!’
In 2012 Pip designed a new garden within the grounds of Ness Botanic Gardens called ‘Making Waves’ which was in Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Friends of Ness. A sample of this garden was designed and built at Tatton Park that July.
In 2012 Pip also began tutoring short courses on Garden Design at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Along with the short courses, Pip has written (and teaches) the new 2013 Garden Design Diploma course also held at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. This two-year course is aimed at mature students who want to become Garden Designers. The last project includes the design and build of a show garden at Gardening Scotland, where Pip will assist the students in creating their design.
Outer Spaces is involved with various different projects ranging from private gardens to various public and commercial schemes. Our clients include organisations like the various Botanic Gardens and Liverpool Hope University, where Pip is working on many projects for all areas of the three main campus sites. Another of our main clients is Digby Stone, who supply a high quality range of paving stones. We are the sole designers/landscapers of the Digby Stone Show Gardens, promoting them and their vast range at various locations across the UK. Pip is also working closely with Digby Stone regarding their latest designs for ‘Project Packs’ to be released in the near future.