Work With Me

This is what I believe:

Exploring gardens through stories allows us to engage with them on a deep level. And when we do this with public spaces, I know we open up a new space within ourselves too. We have somewhere different to go – in real life but in our heads too – that will always be there for us to escape to.

But gardens are more than just a brief moment of respite from a busy world. By virtue of being cultivated and designed by people who know they will never see the garden at its truest best, gardens become containers for dreams. And every time we visit, we can share this optimism, pragmatism and a life-affirming belief in beauty.

Plus the stories are good!


I would be happy to talk to about working with you on commission for private and public spaces. There are some photograph above of my work, and this could include:

Themed events for public spaces, such as city parks, nature reserves or urban spaces.
Issue based work around human relationships with the land and community.

Or maybe..

– A specially written poem or story about your garden for a gift or commemoration.
– A unique poetic ‘intervention’ for an event or visitor attraction.
– An entertaining poetry reading for a dinner or event.

To be honest, it’s important to say that I’m not really ‘for sale’ though – I will only ever take on something that inspires me and I believe in. I think this works better for me – and for you too!


The Writer in the Garden

An evening of garden poems, favourite published writings, music and photographs – as performed during in the Cathedral Lodge during the Canterbury Festival to enthusiastic response:

– “I could have listened to another hour of that”
– “I have always been meaning to visit that garden and I definitely will now.”
– “I didn’t even know this garden existed.”
– “Sorry I cried.”
– “Sorry I whooped.”

Do contact me – sarahsalway @ – if you would like to find out more.

Workshops and Tours:

I am a very experienced workshop facilitator and creative mentor, and would be happy to talk about running a garden-themed writing workshop for you. Let’s talk more!

And if you fancy something completely different, why not contact me about arranging a private bespoke garden tour. We can visit my favourite gardens together – or in a small group – and I’ll provide some beautiful literary ‘companions’ to let us see the land and gardens in a completely new way.

All prices on request.

4 thoughts on “Work With Me

  1. Hi Sarah, I just came across your very interesting article about Long Barn. I am a tour guide who organises garden tours for German tourists. Next year I would love to combine Sissinghurst and Long Barn. I read about Long Barn in an article of Gardens Illustrated. Unfortunately I can’t find that particular issue anymore. Would it be possible to either pass my email adress on to the owners of Long Barn or perhaps you can give their email adress to me directly?
    On my tours through Kent I have one day dedicated to gardens, which were of importance in the life of Jane Austin. I also work as a head gardener at The Orangery at Mystole, which is open to the public either by appointment or on NGS days. Jane Austen visited the mainhouse on outings while she was visiting her brother at nearby Godmersham, also a very nice garden with the Jane Austen Heritage Centre adjacent.
    Looking forward to hearing from you
    Kind regards
    Franziska Harman

  2. Hi Sarah,

    I too would love to arrange a visit to Long Barn with my local U3a group. Would it be possible to let me have the email address for the owners to make enquiries about this?
    Kind regards

    Pamela Brooks

    • Dear Pamela,
      I was there at the invitation of the Haller Foundation, as mentioned in the piece on Long Barn. I suggest you contact them – there are details on the website,, as they may be able to help via the charity. Hope you have a good visit! It’s extraordinarily beautiful. Sarah

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