The Habit Of Living

A Garden in support of Diabetes UK

9TH - 12TH MAY 2019

The Designers

Katherine Hathaway

MSc, Dip PSGD (Dist), RHS Cert. Horticulture

Lark Hall Studios is led by Katherine Hathaway, an award-winning garden designer who lives and works on the edge of the Cotswolds, near Bath.

Growing up in a large garden complete with vegetable plot, fruit cage and greenhouse, Katherine has always gardened – even when she lived in a flat and only had a balcony! She also has a passion for textiles – especially quilts – and routinely brings her strong feel for colour and pattern into her garden and planting design.

In her previous career, Katherine worked at national level in a career spanning brand management, corporate strategy, public policy and major project delivery. She also holds a MSc in change management. Katherine’s philosophy is that the best gardens work in harmony with their surroundings. The designer’s discipline is in knowing what to take out of a design rather than how many features to add in.

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Karen Tatlow

BSc (Hons) Arch, Dip PSGD (Dist)

Karen has always been creative … through dance in her earlier years and later studying architecture and interior design. She is also a professional make-up artist trained by Ruby Hammer from the TV series 10 Years Younger. This led her into the corporate world where she held national roles for some of the giants like Estee Lauder, Clarins and LVMH, devising creative business solutions.

Throughout this time she had always used her creative background to design gardens as an amateur, until finally taking the plunge to follow her passion, qualifying with distinction in Garden Design and setting up her business.

Karen now has her own design studio at New Fulfen Cottage, nestled in the Old English Rose Garden, where she creates with her two dogs Rolo and Mars by her feet.

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Garden Design

The Garden


The ‘Habit of Living’ Show Garden is a small, beautiful, private garden intended for use by patients, visitors and staff at a UK Diabetes Centre. Designed to raise the profile of the charity Diabetes UK, it highlights the scale of a condition which affects more people than cancer and dementia combined.

We were inspired to design this garden having both watched people we love struggle to come to terms with a diagnosis. Karen’s step-daughter recently battled severe illness with complications due to her Type 1 diabetes while Katherine’s father was diagnosed with Type 2 later in life. We hope this thought-provoking garden design will encourage visitors to think about diabetes in a different way and that they will learn more about the risk factors and keep a closer eye on their own health.