A gardener, with my own north-west facing plot in Teddington, a camera and a thirst for horticultural treasure.
As long as I am curious about horticulture, gardening, gardens, plants, design, garden history and gardeners, there is hope for me. There are vast worlds of horticulture that are entirely, wonderfully alien to me at present but once the gardening bug has struck, it is a pleasure to keep learning.
Academic study includes Commendations at RHS Level 2 and Level 3 in Horticulture with a desire to learn more – for example I’ve attended many courses at David Austin Roses and with the esteemed Michael Marriott, at Great Dixter with Fergus Garrett, the Earth Centre in Oxford (fruit tree pruning and community orchards) and abroad – in Italy for a Rose Pruning Course in Assisi (seek out 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 and Kew Gardens and take every opportunity to visit as many gardens and events as I can – the RHS London Shows, Chelsea and Hampton Court – trade shows too; at the very least – Kew and RHS Wisley every few weeks and new locations often (see my series of Postcards from 2018 from Wales, Shropshire, Oxfordshire and Sussex, excursions in 2019 and plans for this year) 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. There is a lot of photography here but please respect my ownership of these images and seek permission if you should want to use any of it.
I am inspired and learn much from the folk I meet each day, and online and often much more than I might ever offer myself. For me, it’s a win-win situation.
In short then, these pages are a sincere expression of my love of plants, gardens, and gardening. I hope you enjoy your time amongst these pages, return again, and find something to inspire your Horticultural World.
There has been a hiatus in creating content in 2019, and a review of my posts in 2019 will elaborate more. But this forum is still important to me and with more than 1300 stories and counting, is something I want to continue building. A new year and a new start, hopefully, and a journey you might happily continue on with me.
I remain a part of the horticultural team at Petersham Nurseries on the banks of the Thames near Richmond. Seek me out if ever you are passing by.