We are a dynamic garden maintenance and design company. We offer a professional service for both private and commercial outdoor spaces of any size – whether it’s a complete re-design, a regular maintenance programme, thinking up a new planting plan or just a one-off visit to get your garden into shape.
The Botanical Gardener was born in 2005 when Chris Warren left the world of Botanical Gardens to create his own company. We have built and maintain a fantastic variety of gardens in every corner of London, from plush roof gardens in Chelsea to leafy sprawling gardens in Hampstead. We take pride in our work and strive for the best results, no matter how small or large the job.
Graduating from Pershore College, Chris has gardened all over the world, from the Botanical Gardens in Atlanta and Chicago, The Holden Arboretum in Ohio to four years as head gardener in The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens. Returning to England he established The Botanical Gardener in 2005 and now heads up the ever-expanding team of gardeners, designers and landscapers whilst still keeping his hands in the earth.
Bryony’s love for gardening stems from a childhood where much of her time was spend gardening alongside her father and grandfather. She completed a Diploma in Garden Design at Chelsea Physic Garden and now heads the design arm of the Botanical Gardener.
When he is not in the gardens, Toby is the point of contact for all the gardening teams and he is vital to keeping the show on the road. He recently spent three months in the Jerusalem Botanical Garden and holds his RHS level 3 qualification.
Amanda has 16 years experience in account management and client facing roles in both gardening and banking industries. She is nearing completion in her studies towards a Diploma in Garden Design. At The Botanical Gardener, her role is to manage the schedules and gardeners to offer high-end garden maintenance, and implement soft landscaping landscaping themes.
Clara is a Landscape Architect who graduated in Lisbon. In her career, she worked both in the public and residential realm, mainly in Portugal and Mozambique. Soon she discovered that her passion was private gardens tailor-made to their owners. After 12 years, she decides to take this passion to the next level and specialises in Garden Design at London College of Garden Design. Since then she’s been designing London gardens that suit clients’ lifestyles.
Millie has recently joined the team as Office Manager, providing administrative assistance to the team, marketing and running of the office on a day to day basis. Before joining the team, Millie had worked in the property sector as a PA/Office Manager.
Alex has been working in commercial plant nurseries since the age of 15 all across the South of England where he gained extensive plant knowledge and a real love for maintaining and growing them. He has a keen eye for design and has a place to study at Kew Gardens.
With over 25 years of horticulture experience, Sol learned the ropes from her parents and grandparents whilst growing up between Belgium and England. She has developed her soft landscaping skills working for various London based companies. She has a good eye for colour and detail and a real talent with container gardening.
Growing up close to The Eden Project in Cornwall, Aaron moved to London to further his love for gardening. After studying at Capel Manor Regent Park he has gained a great relationship with clients to help achieve and maintain their gardens to a high standard. In his spare time, he likes to visit National Trust gardens for inspiration.
Celso grew up in the countryside of Brazil where he would garden from a very young age with both his Grandmothers. He decided to turn that hobby and passion into a profession when he came to the UK. Celso loves everything about plants and nature spending most of his spare time reading and studying and is attending Capel Manor for level 2 RHS Diploma.
Owen graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Towson University in the United States. He spent the last 5 years working in Washington D.C. building green roofs and water retention systems on office buildings and apartment complexes. Owen joined us when he moved to London and works within our Landscaping team.
Jacob’s love for horticulture comes from growing up opposite a garden centre in Sheffield and at the age of 15 started working there learning the tricks of the trade from their landscaping and garden maintenance team. A recent graduate from the University of Manchester in Geology, Jacob is now undertaking a Level 3 RHS qualification in the principles of plant growth, health and applied propagation.
Rafal was raised on a farm in Poland and spent 5 years at gardening college. When he came to England he spent 2 years studying garden design at Capel Manor and from here he has spent 8 years as a professional gardener. “I like natural, cottage-style gardens where formal, neatly shaped shrubs or trees have been implemented and loads of different colours and shapes are a must.”
Dan came through the Royal Parks 3 year Apprenticeship Scheme at Greenwich Park. He designed various seasonal bedding displays, prepared the park for the equestrian events for the London 2012 Olympics and the reinstatement of the lawn landscapes after the stadium was dismantled. He spent 4 years at Buckingham Palace – one year looking after the herbaceous border and 3 years looking after the rose garden.
Troy’s interest in gardening stems from his parents, whom he would help out in the garden and lead him to pursue a career in the industry. He is currently at the end of his 2-year apprenticeship at Capel Manor College taking with him a wealth of knowledge. He enjoys all aspects of gardening, preparing borders for the upcoming season, pruning shrubs to a good natural shape, and leaving an overall neat looking garden for a client is a must.
Faye has recently joined the team as an apprentice after deciding on a change of career and is currently studying Horticulture at Capel Manor College.
Csaba is responsible for the hard landscaping on our design projects. Csaba has over 30 years of construction experience with clients as exacting as the Gresham Palace in Budapest. His accuracy and precision is the key to the high standard of finish on our gardens.
Mike has been with the company a number of years and handles the company and client accounts.