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104 CCUUMMBBRRIIAA LLIIFFEE August/September2008BUZY LIZZIELiz Newport designs the gardens and husband Phil runs their landscaping business.Mary Inghamfinds out what prompted Liz to switch to such life-enhancing work Photography:Phil RigbyDESIGNS FOR LIVINGGarden designer Liz Newport’sportfolio of ‘before’ and ‘after’pictures reveals the skill with whichshe and her husband Phil, who runs theirlandscaping business, turn customers’ dreamsinto reality.Tiny town plots are transformed intoflower-filled havens; steep and awkwardslopes are clothed in colourful Alpines,grasses, and conifers; oak seating is installedto echo the folds of surrounding hills andareas are paved in local slate for busyprofessionals with no time to tend a lawn. In the past six years, life for Liz, who runsBuzy Lizzie at Catterlen, near Penrith, hasbeen very much about realising her own andher family’s dreams too.In 2002, when Liz, Phil and their threeboys – now 19, 16, and 13 years – were livingnear Solihull in the mi...