April is a good month to think about planting your Lavender hedge. Hardy or tender, white through to deep purple, compact or tall & tough, there are hundreds of varieties…
A qualified botanist, garden historian, member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, Professional Garden Consultants Association and pre-registered member of the Society of Garden Designers, with 30 years experience of natural and designed landscapes, Gareth expertly combines his highly regarded academic qualifications with an undying enthusiasm for running a great garden maintenance team and for his day to day work as a hands on gardener, garden consultant and garden designer.
After graduating from the University of Nottingham in 1988 with an honours degree in Botany, Gareth spent much of the following decade as a field botanist and consultant ecologist. Working across the British Isles, in lowland meadow, ancient woodland, upland mires and heaths, Gareths understanding of habitat still directs his approach to garden management today.
A change of focus from natural to designed landscapes began with a gardening apprenticeship back in the late 90’s. From peat bog to border fork and edging shears. Gareth works day to day in gardens, digging, weeding, edging and planning whilst being constantly challenged by the team around him. Gareth’s membership of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture (CIH) recognises his extensive horticultural expertise.
Whilst continuing to work as a freelance gardener Gareth studied part time for the highly regarded masters degree in the Conservation of Historic Gardens & Cultural Landscapes from the University of Bath, graduating with merit in 2015. With a background in environmental consultancy, ecological survey and environmental impact assessment, Gareth’s current work as a specialist gardens and landscape consultant is underpinned by his extensive experience as a professional gardener.
Of the team below, Ed, having inherited some of my better gardens, also runs his own garden maintenance company Ed Butler Gardens
Experienced landscape gardener. When not tending his cut-flower market garden project, Matt is proving green fingered and talented with the soft landscaping side of the business. A dab hand at grass cutting, strimming, edging and weeding, all part of the routine garden maintenance portfolio.
RHS level 3 qualified and with years of experience, Ed is a long standing member of the team focusing on some of our larger historic gardens. With a keen eye for detail, all aspects of garden maintenance fall under Ed’s remit.
Having completed his RHS Level 2, Sami has been an excellent addition to the team. Other than a fantastic collection of horticultural attire, Sami is fond of rummaging through borders. Inspired by the gardens he has worked in with Gareth and the team, Sami is currently pursuing his design ambition, studying for a garden design qualification with the highly regarded Oxford College of Garden Design.
Whilst studying for his RHS qualifications, Jake brings his experience and graft to the team.
Leaving the hubbub of London for the Forest of Dean, Rachel has been adding focus and detail to the regions broader landscapes. Adapting her previous experience, honed in the rarefied air of Richmond & Kew.