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Paul

I have been interested in plants and gardens since childhood. Some of my earliest memories are those of being given cuttings and tubers to grow from our neighbours whilst growing up in Oxford, where we lived a short distance from the University Botanic Garden.

This interest grew into a deep fascination and led me to study at Pershore College of Horticulture in 1997. During this time I also worked for a specialist herbaceous perennial nursery, Cotswold Garden Flowers, propagating, potting on, learning and traveling the length and bredth of the country going to rare plant fairs.

These travels eventually led me to study at The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, giving me an opportunity to learn about plants and plant habitats from some of the most knowledgeable and inspiring plantsmen in the world. After University I was fortunate enough to work in Italy, restoring a Renaissance garden and later in France for Baron de Rothschild.

Upon returning to the United Kingdom I studied landscape design and dabbled in creating a show garden at Malvern Autumn Show 2008. This first attempt proved addictive and I have created show gardens at venues such as Chelsea Flower Show, Hampton Court alongside being invited to exhibit on an international stage. I have created show gardens at Japans prestigious 'Gardening World Cup', 'Ellerslie Flower Show' in New Zealand and the 'Philadelphia Flower Show' in the United States of America.

My work as a garden and landscape designer is highly diverse and I relish the opportunity to work on everything from small courtyards to large country estates as well as public spaces. I work both in the United Kingdom and internationally and as part of my work I advise on the management of gardens, with a particular interest in the historic coupled with identifying and master-planning potential land and sites for development.

Increasingly I am able to work on a number horticulturally related projects such as designing an exclusive range of gardening gifts for Marks & Spencer and creating a series of bespoke designed 'Spaces' for Bradstone.

Since 2011 I have been an RHS Trials Judge sitting on a panel which assess the garden worthiness of plant material before awarding the prestigious RHS 'Award of Garden Merit' and am delighted to be mentoring the RHS Young Designer of the Year finalists again in 2015.

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