About The Teddington Gardener

IMG_8729A gardener, with my own north-west facing plot in Teddington, I share my time with Petersham Nurseries, a magical environment that demands horticultural excellence, expertise and creativity. My experiences and garden explorations inform every aspect of my work. Every day brings a catalogue of questions and horticultural queries and an ability to answer and communicate solutions is essential. Contributing regularly to the workshops that form the curriculum of the School of Garden Inspiration at the nurseries – a diverse technical, practical and inspirational range of courses – allows me to pass along some of the skills and expertise I’ve gained and keep me at the top of my game.

Academic study includes Commendations at RHS Level 2  and Level 3 in Horticulture with ongoing study and assessment – for example I’ve attended courses at David Austin Roses with the esteemed Michael Marriott, at Great Dixter with Fergus Garrett, the Earth Centre in Oxford most recently and in Italy for a Rose Pruning Course in Assisi (Quando Fioriranno Le Rose) – there is always more to learn, I know this as both pupil and a teacher!

I’m a member of the RHS, National Trust, Historic Roses Group, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Kew Gardens and take every opportunity to visit as many gardens and events as I can – keeping abreast of classical and contemporary garden design and all manner of planting styles, combinations and new plant introductions. Wherever I can, I write about these visits here – and I can indulge my love of photography as well.

These pages are a sincere expression of my love of plants, gardens, and gardening. I hope you enjoy browsing!


  1. Anne Riordan

    Just found your blog through The Gardeners Eye. I am trying to get my garden back in shape after a long illness. I garden in Memphis , Tennessee. Love your photos . And your philosophy. Anne Riordan

  2. Jacqui Reith

    Hello from Dunedin, New Zealand. I’ve just discovered your interesting blog, and am a lover of English gardens. I’m trying to create my own personal beautiful garden. One day! Thankyou!

  3. Sarah Dickinson

    Hello Martin, thanks for your great advice today at Petersham. Looking forward to getting the bones of my garden established soon.
    Best wishes,

  4. Jo

    Hi Martin, This is a long shot – I live in Teddington and need to find a gardener, and I wondered if you know a local gardener who gardens in the Petersham style. Thank you, Jo

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