After studying and working in horticulture for the last 18 years, Ben is currently enjoying leading a team of four to maintain and develop a garden in West Sussex. The role includes looking after a large walled kitchen garden, herbaceous borders, shrubberies, topiary, ornamental lawns, a floral meadow, water features, ornamental woodland and hedges. Ben’s team propagate, grow and store fruit, vegetables and cut flowers for the house, whilst maintaining the garden to a very high standard. …. and in his spare time he looks after the onsite apiary.
Ben has always enjoyed gardening, though it was not until after his formal education that he decided to make his career in horticulture. Ben completed an NCH in Propagation and Nursery Practice and the RHS Diploma in Horticulture, attaining awards for best practical student in both and best overall student at Wisley. He then travelled to different countries, studying the various flora and garden styles, before returning to the UK to utilise his artistic training whilst in the employment of Arabella Lennox-Boyd Design. There he was horticultural adviser, attending site visits, liaising with garden staff and working on planting designs. The strong desire to be closer to plants led Ben to leave the design practice and become a Head Gardener.
Outside of work Ben enjoys visiting gardens and plant nurseries, as well as travel, art, cooking (and eating!), keeping fit, photography and botanical painting. When out and about he is usually accompanied by Geoff, his beloved dog.