Fri, 13 Nov 2020 09:40:13
Advice and Mentoring Service
What is it? It's whatever you want it to be!
Maybe you lack confidence or experience in a particular area or skill assosiated with gardening?
Often the service would take the form of a visit (or visits) to your home to assist you. You can expect a hands on approach, not a case of telling you what to do and watching! More showing you how to do it, then helping you do it, hopefully a time will come when YOU CAN DO IT ON YOUR OWN!
The range of subjects is endless.
Planning and design - Selecting suitable materials - Hard landscaping skills
Plant selection - Seed sowing - Propagation - Pricking out & potting on
Planting - Caring for new and established plants - Pruning
Starting a new garden - Renovating a neglected one
Coping with everyday garden tasks
Establishing a pond
What training and experience do I have to pass on?
My family has been in horticulture for three generations, growing a wide variety of plants since the 1930's. Everything from edible potatoes to 'Chilean Potato Vine' ( a decorative climbing plant, real name Solanum Glasnevin, look it up, it's a beauty!). Top & soft fruit, salad & vegetable crops. For the last 10+years we have grown exculsively ornamental plants. Everything from pansies to palms, bizzy lizzies to silver birch, flowering cherries to ornamental cabbage, to name but a few!
As a teenager I studied horticulture at Hadlow College. After this I spent many years on the family nursery growing mostly edible crops. In the early '90s we increased our ornamental plants output, these very quickly came to dominate our production. Soon we were asked to carry out various landscaping tasks. This has developed to become a large part of our business, anything from cutting a lawn to a complete garden construction.
This started my interest in garden design. Largely self tought, this now keeps me occupied for many an evening in my office. With drawing board and a mass of books and brochures, on plants, and hard and soft landscaping materials, it keeps me quiet for hours!
During this time I also completed the PA 1 & 6 qualifications, licencing me to carry out chemical spraying operations anywhere. On qualifiying I was asked to complete further training, so that I may assess other candidates for these qualifications.
Later I was asked by a local paper, to help with preparing gardening articles. This has lead to me writing articles on many gardening subjects.
As, I hope you can see, I have training and experience across a broad base of horticulture and gardening. It's difficult for me to pick out any one speciality, so if you think I can help you, give me a call!
FAMILY AND STAFF-The people to whom I am forever grateful!
My parents Margaret & Cyril for teaching me right from wrong and so much more. Even though he has past his 90th birthday, I can still rely on my Father to provide assistance on the nursery, should I need to be absent for any reason.
My Wife Kerri, for all her support in good times and bad, for understanding the long hours and total commitment that any job with plants requires. Also for looking after Finance, Accounting and Administration in the business.
My daughter Rachael who assisted me ably in the business until her own choosen professions filled her time. And for teaching me to dance(Ballroom & Latin) and so much more.
Hayley my younger daughter runs her own garden services business.
Annual Poppies with Iceberg Rose.
A picture from my article, "Repairing your lawn", I am gratefull to my daughter, her friends, and their barbeque for making this picture possible!