“I have a passion for the natural world. Gardening helps me interact with nature on a daily basis. My main goal is to grow interesting attractive plants that bring wildlife to my gardens while also providing food or other useful products, as well as looking amazing!”
After graduating from The University of Liverpool with a biology degree, John spent ten years working around the world on wildlife conservation projects. He also worked on various agricultural farms on his travels.
John then moved to Colchester where for twelve years he successfully taught science to A-Level standard and horticulture to Level 3 to a high standard giving him an in-depth knowledge of plant science and husbandry.
John has designed and created many wildlife gardens, including the garden in Wivenhoe (near Colchester) that was filmed in the BBC series Glorious Gardens from Above. He is also working with East Donyland Parish Council to develop community edible ornamental gardens using Forest Garden principals.
“I challenge anyone with a garden, large or small, to spend five minutes noting the variety of wildlife visitors – its immensely satisfying to see who we play host to, without even realising it.”
With qualifications in botany and biology, Phil first started working in landscape gardening 30 years ago. He returned to the gardening business after a long stints as a marketing manager and project manager, focusing on garden maintenance before co-founding Rowland George Gardens with John. Phil is a graduate from the University of Huddersfield where he gained a degree in marketing and he also holds a post graduate diploma in marketing.
Passionate about the contribution garden owners can make to the wider ecological picture, Phil enjoys spending his spare time making improvements in his own garden as well as growing fruit and veg.