Maintaining a legacy

June 2, 2021

In this article I am taking a slightly reflective view of the world by sharing what it really means to care for someone else’s garden and to maintain a loved legacy. 

I often get calls from homeowners who don’t really want someone else to take care of their garden. In fact, many of our clients have been keen gardeners for years but, for various reasons, need some help to keep things in check. 

Sometimes it’s because they are older and can’t manage the heavy jobs anymore. It might be because of health changes that mean gardening is too much for them. And occasionally we are asked by grieving relatives who don’t want to see their loved ones' garden deteriorate. 

Whatever the reason for engaging our team, we consider the honour of taking care of someone’s garden a true privilege.

I know first hand that keen gardeners create a vision over the years. Gradually working towards an often shifting goal. Maybe they want to create a haven for pollinators, a magnificent display of a single type of plant (roses for example), or they might have built a wonderful display of colours and scents, the possibilities are endless. But one thing is for sure, whatever it is, it’s a vision they have invested a lot of time, thought and love in. 

Plants may have been cultivated from cuttings from the gardens of friends' & family, nurtured from seeds to fill a specific space or collected over the years from favourite garden centres, flower shows or open gardens. 

For Lee and I, as the founders of CJ Garden Services, being trusted to continue to care for these gardens is not to be taken lightly. 

Often when I speak to new clients, they have been recommended to use us or have seen our work on our social media channels. They’ve felt the passion and love we have for both nature in general, and specifically for creating amazing gardens, and they have seen something they don’t see in other gardening companies. 

They’ve seen the CJs difference - that is a team committed to creating gardens you can enjoy for years and years, a team that has a thorough knowledge of plants and garden design and the skills to take care of established plants.  

So if you need help from someone you trust to take care of your established garden, or have a vision for your dream garden but don’t know how to make it a reality, let’s talk.

To get in touch with Claire today, simply call 023 8063 2600 or email