About Us

Isabel

 My passion is nature and in gardening I can immerse myself in this love whilst satisfying my creative side. The constantly changing nature of a garden and the continual opportunity to learn leaves me no time to be bored!

In 2004 I took a career change into horticulture & never looked back. Since then I have gained experience working in both private and public gardens. I have pride in my work and am committed to making gardens look their best.

For the past 6 years I have worked at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens & Arboretum, where I was Area manager responsible for  the maintenance and development of around 30 acres of the gardens including the Pond, Bog Garden, Peat Garden, Nepalese Garden & Himalayan Valley, National Collection Glade, woodland areas and meadows. Here I co-ordinated two assistants, students, volunteers and work experience children in looking after this important plant collection. The job included planting of trees, shrubs and plants, putting into action projects to improve areas of the garden, answering customer queries, mulching, pruning trees, shrubs and climbers, woodland management including scrub clearance and coppicing, and care of woodland pigs; maintaining plant records and formulating planting plans, use of tractors, and horticultural machinery and of course, weeding!


Lee

I'm an enthusiastic gardener with a passion for garden design, nature, organic gardening & vegetable growing. Whilst studying for a National Diploma in Decorative Horticulture, Landscape Design & Construction at Sparsholt College in Hampshire, I designed and built a garden for The Chelsea Flower Show in 2008 for which I received a silver gilt award.

For the last three years I have worked as part of a small team maintaining 183 acres of landscaped gardens, ponds & woodland at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens & Arboretum in Hampshire. I have also participated in the care of many gardens in the National Garden Scheme including volunteer work at Itchen Abbas, Meon Orchard & Fairthorne Manor in Hampshire.