Andrew began his career working in the Palace Hotel garden in Torquay keeping the grounds looking stunning for the guests, growing vegetables to be served fresh each day and flowers for cutting to be used in floral arrangements throughout the hotel.
From there Andrew studied at Cannington Horticultural College and was selected to be an apprentice at Windsor tending Her Majesty’s own private garden. He had the honour of meeting Her Majesty several times and found her to be a very knowledgeable gardener.
Upon qualifying Andrew went on to work for the Crown Estates in London. They are responsible for the upkeep of many of the large properties surrounding Regents Park and elsewhere in London. That led to the opportunity of working full time at one of the Crown properties – Grove House. At the time it was the residence of an Australian billionaire, there were even wallabies in the garden!
Andrew rose to be Head Gardener there and soon after His Majesty the Sultan of Oman chose Grove House as his London residence. The gardens at Grove House have to be kept immaculate at all times. Andrew designed a personal garden paradise which hosted successive Prime Ministers and members of the Royal family who were personal guests of the Sultan. Andrew was proud to personally show such high profile guests around the garden.
Andrew moved to Southport to join his wife in 2007 and finally had the opportunity to create his own garden for the first time which he now opens to the public on occasion to raise money for local charities.
As a lifelong, passionate gardener Andrew has a wealth of knowledge and experience creating, developing and conserving Gardens of Distinction.