Tony’s parents had a large garden in Southampton. He was brought up on endless weeding of vegetable plots. He resolved that if he ever had his own garden that he would somehow beat the weeds. He also developed very useful pruning skills whilst cutting more than 150 yards of hedges at his parents’ home.
Tony came from a great sporting family and his schoolboy achievements included representing England in athletics and playing Rugby for the South of England. Since then he has channelled his energies into work, family and gardening!
2005 painting the pagoda pieces.
When she was eleven, Marie’s parents allocated her a small garden patch, but it was overshadowed by a large tree and covered in chick-weed! In her teenage years Marie enjoyed doing much of the heavy physical work entailed in re-landscaping her family’s quite large garden.
It was only when she was a student, sharing a house with others, that she got properly into growing plants, including vegetables. Tony came on the scene and gave some expert advice!
1993 landscaping the lower garden.
We’ve come a long way along the gardening route since 1973 when Marie killed her blackfly infested runner bean plants by spraying them with a strong solution of washing up liquid!
2001 building the first stream.