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‘During chemo I only wore black... now I'm back in colour’

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YMC – but she’s just as often found gardening in a bright print dress. ‘I wear the most inappropriate things in the garden; I’ll just pop out for 10 minutes but two hours later, I’m like, crumbs I didn’t mean to be out for so long,’ she says.It’s more than just hanger appeal that’s behind her love of colour.

Back in 2007, Gardiner was working in TV production, but was forced to hit pause on her career when she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. ‘I had chemotherapy and there are lots of things you have to tackle.

Because I put on weight, the only thing I wore was black leggings. I never really wore black before and I don’t wear black now.’When her hair started coming out as another side-effect of the treatment, she decided to shave it, seizing the opportunity for a positive change. ‘Having natural hair – as in not straightened – is such a movement now.

I’d straightened my hair for years, but I was like, wait, I’m gonna go for natural curly hair.’Gardiner discovered gardening while in recovery and although she enjoyed success with a roaming vintage fashion boutique, flowers proved a greater love and she made the career switch official by retraining in 2016.‘My wardrobe has really changed since I’ve been working with flowers and just getting that bit older.

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