About The Teddington Gardener


A gardener, 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 since 2019, and a review of my plast posts 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 was part of the horticultural ‘green team’ at Petersham Nurseries, on the banks of the Thames, for more than 8 years. Moving from Teddington to Dorset in recent months begins a new chapter for me – the Teddington Gardener will live on, curiously now by the sea and amazing countryside of this county, and I hope to add new chapters to this endeavour soon.

17 thoughts on “About The Teddington Gardener

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

  4. 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

  5. Wow! I’m blown away by your photographs. I took some yesterday with my phone of the helibores, but nothing as good as yours. I’m a botanical art teacher and I wondered if you would allow me to use the odd photo as source material? Totally understand if you say no! I prefer to work from life but some of your pictures are amazing.

      1. Thank you so much Martin I will credit you of course ( and share!). Your work is beautiful. Do you think the Petersham nurseries would be interested in running the odd botanical/flower painting watercolour class? I think our work would certainly compliment each other? I’ve been teaching in adult education for 25years and I teach for the Field Studies Council at Flatford Mill. It’s just an idea.

  6. Lovely photographs. I’m very interested in the Bengal rose, but can’t find it anywhere. Do you know where I can obtain it from please ?

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