Hampshire-based garden designer Sarah Eberle has won some of the most prestigious awards in British gardening and has been talking about her ideas and inspiration on BBC Radio Solent's Good Life programme.
Stockbridge-based garden and landscape designer Sarah Eberle has won countless top awards at the pinnacle of British gardening.
Speaking on BBC Radio Solent's Good Life programme, she revealed how growing up in the countryside inspired her: "I feel really passionate about what I do. I'm really lucky to do a job that I just love. The more I learn, the more passionate I become. I always loved landscapes, I grew up in the country and knew from an early age I wanted to work with landscapes.
"It's not just an environmental thing - it is our British light that is so beautiful and soft - it's the same thing that inspires painters."
Sarah has recently returned from China as she is project-managing a Chinese garden for designer and artist Shao-San at this year's Chelsea Flower Show: "It's going to really 'wow' and it's going to surprise people at Chelsea."
The garden is part of a project to develop cultural ties between the UK and China and will be located on the prestigious main avenue at Chelsea.
She has won eight Gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show already, last year's was for a stunning garden that was quite literally out of this world.
Her garden represented a terrestrial space garden on Mars for which she spent an intensive eight years researching with the help of the European Space Agency and the British Science Museum.
Closer to home, Sarah's Stockbridge garden provides plenty of inspiration for her current design work: "The Test valley is beautiful with the river running through it - especially in the early mornings with the frosts. Stockbridge itself has so much character."
"A lot of people have a passion for seeing things growing, I encourage people to bring in what's important to them. We've got to be careful about over-designing. People just need to say 'I like that - I want that in my garden!'"
last updated: 03/04/2008 at 12:00