HLM Architects interview with Alethea Ottewell Landscape Architect

How would you answer a quick fire set of questions?

Alethea Ottewell – Associate Director for Landscape based in our Sheffield studio recently did just that for a ‘little interview’ for Pro Landscaper magazine, very informal, but also thought provoking, it gives an insight into Alethea’s interests.

With a career in Landscape Architecture and a great love of the natural environment, find out what Alethea’s answers were below.

If you weren’t in the horticulture industry, what would you be doing?
Property Renovation.

Garden shows/show gardens – inspirational or not?
Yes, some lovely detailing and good to see which plants are on trend.

Other than the UK, which country’s landscape inspires you the most?

What would you blow your budget on?
A natural swimming pool

The one person in the industry you’d love to meet?
Andy Sturgeon

One thing that you think would make the industry better?
Getting more young people involved in horticulture and garden design

Newest gardening trend in your opinion.
Naturalistic planting and wild / rustic materials

Couldn’t get through the week without…
Coffee (Iced coffee in the hot weather)

Favourite tipple?
Sloe Gin, homemade with foraged picked sloes.

What three things would you take to a desert island?
My daughter, seeds, and a hammock

Karaoke song of choice?
Sorry none, it’s my worst nightmare! But if I did have to choose it would be Queen, ‘We Will Rock You’.

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