I’m Emily Crowley-Wroe, a professionally trained garden designer living and working in the Cotswolds. I’ve been a keen gardener and plant enthusiast ever since owning my very first garden in Oxford 15 years ago.
After a long career in publishing marketing and having my second child, I decided to follow my passion for horticulture and develop my knowledge of plants by working in plant nurseries.
Talking to customers about how to improve their gardens and moving into a new house with gardens that don't quite work for us, I wanted to learn how to create well designed outside spaces. That's when I embarked on a life-changing course at The Cotswold Gardening School ran by award-winning garden designer Caroline Tatham. From here April House Garden Design was born.
I spent 7 years studying and writing about literature (I have a PhD in literature and published articles on contemporary British fiction) so I’m also passionate about storytelling and interested in the narrative and transformative power of gardens. As well as being functional, productive and sustainable, gardens have the capability to tell stories in many ways and take us on journeys to other imaginative spaces.
As well as moving my existing residential projects from concept stage to build stage, I’m currently working on a show garden for next year’s RHS Malvern Spring Show called ‘The Hide Garden’. I wanted to explore how gardens can transport us to places we love and feel happy in. After the show the aim is to recreate the garden as a Memorial & Reflection Garden at Bourton-on-the-Water Primary School. This garden will be both a place to remember a much-loved teacher and a space for children in crisis to find some quiet and intimacy to express their feelings.
When I’m not in the garden, designing gardens or visiting gardens, I enjoy walking around my local nature reserve, Yoga, Crossfit and reading/talking about novels (and gardens).
I feel excited to be on a journey where I can help people find joy through their gardens and look forward to sharing this with you.