Butter Wakefield is an award-winning London based garden designer. Having grown up on the east coast of America with a love of all things outdoors, Butter quickly realised how much she appreciated beautiful surroundings which ultimately led her to her passion for gardening.
How would you describe your style?
I think my style is relatively relaxed, reasonably tailored, but mostly super comfy.
What did you do for work and why is it important to you?
I am a garden designer which I absolutely adore. One of the things I love the most is working with a tremendously talented bunch of adorable women, who I feel completely devoted to. They make every day feel bright and sunny even when things don’t always go to plan.
How does thinking about sustainability and transparency in fashion make a difference to where you buy clothes or how you live your life?
I have sustainability at the heart of almost everything I do; both in my personal and professional life. So, if the clothes I am considering buying are produced with the same care and attention, that is a huge deciding factor for me.
Where do you go to get inspired?
I get a huge amount of inspiration and creative juice when I walk along the Thames on the weekends with my dog, Wafer. Here, I have time to think, consider and imagine design work and the endless possibilities life has to offer.
What is your favourite Brora piece?
I ADORE my Aubergine coloured (I think you call it Damson!) Jumbo Cord Over-Shirt. It’s a sensational colour and the perfect slouchy and comfortable but tailored look that I love so well.
Where in the world is your favourite place to be, where you feel your happiest?
I always feel so deeply happy when I return to the little farm I grew up on in Maryland. It’s the land I know best, and curiously I feel strength and vigour almost rise up through the soles of my feet when I walk around the property. It is hard to explain the love I have for such a small inconspicuous bit of field, wood and swamp.
It’s got to be Hardy’s Far from The Madding Crowd.
Anything with a roasted Shitake mushrooms in it.
Alchemilla Mollis, I can’t design a garden or create a planting plan without it!
What are your top gardening tips for winter in the UK?
Don’t tidy your garden up until the spring, this allows plenty of food and cover for the wildlife in your garden. Plant lots of Narcissus and other early spring flowering bulbs in pots in late autumn, they bring ridiculous amounts of joy to your terrace long before the rest of the garden wakes up. They are great to cut and bring inside too!
If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Learn how to paint and draw properly. I wish I was so much better at it!