I got the gardening bug from my Father. Every evening after dinner he would go and potter around outside until dark. On weekends if he couldn't be found inside it was a surety that he'd be in his beloved garden.
Watching tiny seeds grow into beautiful plants, enjoying the sound of calming water on a Summer's day, this is what gardening is for me. Gardening is not a chore, it is a thing of beauty to behold, it is an extension of who we are and brings a sense of peace, for me anyway, into an otherwise hectic life.
I studied garden design at the Blackford Centre while living and working in West London. The course provided me with the tools to take my love of gardening and turn it into a new career. While studying I was a volunteer gardener at Osterley House and Gardens, a neo-classical house owned by the British National Trust. I graduated the course earning a diploma with merit shortly before emigrating to Sydney and starting out in my own business. I am a qualified horticulturist having studied Horticulture Certificate III in the Southern Highlands.
I have designed, maintained and built gardens in England, and in Australia in Wollongong, Sydney and the Southern Highlands.
As well as being a keen gardener I have a passion for conservation. Where possible I strive to source all of my materials locally and sustainably. Recycling materials is environmentally friendly, sometimes cheaper and can give a garden that 'weathered' look rather than looking shiny and sparkling.
I compost all of my uncooked vegetable waste, grass clipping and fallen leaves which rot down to make an excellent soil conditioner.
I save coffee grounds and dig them around the roots of acid loving plants.
Our aim is to create a beautiful and atmospheric garden, personally tailored to meet your style and practical needs. At the same time we strive to enhance the architectural style of your home and the surrounding countryside.
Alan R Jones, Designer and Owner
Buying seedlings locally from Bowral Market or another of the Southern Highlands Markets is an excellent way of getting your veggie patch going.
What is a garden without flowers?
Now is a great time to plant flowers for great summer colour
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