Meet Karen

Our History

My qualifications are purely based on hands on experience that I have gained over the last 30 years. In 2002, after taking an RHS course at Warren Farm Centre, West Oxfordshire College, where I gained the Best Overall Student Award, I decided to set up my own gardening business, “Karen THE Gardener”.

It has grown steadily, especially over the last 2 years, with a lot of business coming from personal recommendations from existing clients, so I must be doing something right!

I usually work in a team of 2. We arrive on time, discuss your requirements and get on with the work, leaving the area clean and tidy on leaving.

I have Full Public Liability and Employee’s Liability Insurance Cover.

I feel very lucky, that I actually earn my living from doing something that I really love to do! Gardening has always been a love of mine, from as far back as I can remember, in fact I can quiet safely say that it’s in my blood, with memories of may happy days spent down on the allotments when very young.

Karen Stay, Manager at "KAREN THE GARDENER"

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Karen Stay

I feel very lucky, that I actually earn my living from doing something that I really love to do!

“Karen has been a cheerful and knowledgeable gardener to me for 3 years, once a month all round the year. She offers suggestions and advice politely and with attention to detail. The garden that Karen and her team have helped me create is hugely enjoyable with new flowerbeds, grow your own areas, tree planting. On a larger scale, Karen massively help me set up a medium polytunnel and dug the drenches and inside beds. I have had a pergola built through her contacts. I feel greatly helped and look forward to her monthly visits throughout the year. I can recommend Karen's gardening service and skills and knowledge to anyone who wishes to enjoy their garden's–Rachel Kassir, Beckley Village

“Karen has been my gardener for quite a few years now. She is a wonderful worker and I can rely on her to care for all my gardening needs”–Anne Maxfield-Cotter, Kidlington

“Karen helps me to do large clearings in my garden several times a year. She works really hard and quickly, making a huge difference in just a few hours. She is neat, tidy and always clears up debris from the paths and lawns. Karen is a pleasure to have around and is completely trustworthy. She is careful with plants & shrubs and understands how they grow, as well as their pruning needs. I would recommend her to anyone” –Mrs P. Mills, Oxford

“Karen has been my gardener for well over a year. She has transformed my garden with not a weed in sight, she is so knowledgeable of flowers, plants and trees, that I have no hesitation in recommending her. She is a very reliable and delightful person ” –Kate Watson, Rectory Farm, Noke, Oxford

“I have no hesitation in recommending Karen. I have found her to be punctual, a good worker and I am very pleased to have her caring for my garden” –Mary D. Nowakowski, Kidlington

"Karen came to my garden when it was a complete wilderness and through her skill, imagination and hard work it is now a real garden and a complete pleasure. I can not recommend her more highly" –Jane, Sutton