David is a Chartered Horticulturist and television gardener, presenting on ITV’s Love Your Garden. You can read his weekly gardening column in The Sunday Mirror newspaper, and check out his monthly article about growing vegetables and fruit in Grow Your Own Magazine.
He also appears as a resident gardener on ITV’s This Morning and has appeared on Daybreak, 60 Minute Makeover, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, and more.
In 2012, he launched community and school gardening campaign Cultivation Street, bringing Britain’s streets back to life through people, plants and pride. He also pioneered and organises the Young Gardeners Of The Year competition every year in association with the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community.
Throughout his career, he has designed show gardens at Chelsea Flower Show, Hampton Court Palace, BBC Gardener’s World Live and Tatton Park Flower Show, winning a total of 30 Royal Horticultural Society medals.
Getting into gardens
David’s first venture into the fascinating world of gardens was selling plants at the local church fair. Eventually he started growing his own plants to sell.
Soon he was spending his spare time cutting lawns and helping pensioners with their flower beds. Talking to those garden lovers developed a passion for gardening that has stayed with him his whole life.
He left school and took an apprenticeship with a large nursery grower. But he wasn’t content with just practical knowledge, so he went on to spend time at three horticultural colleges to obtain all the qualifications he needed.
Joining the gardening industry
He began working at a garden centre, starting as a plant advisor and progressing through supervisor and management roles to become the head plant buyer. He loved the role, sourcing the best quality specimens from thousands of plants for his discerning customers.
After a decade as head of garden buying departments for multiple retailers, David left corporate life to become totally immersed in hands-on gardening. He was a born-again horticulturist!
Now he has his own company that designs gardens and creates events for RHS shows, and he uses his website and social media channels as a source of free gardening knowledge for everyone to access. He also volunteers his time as a Governor at the London Colleges of Horticulture at Capel Manor, as a member of the RHS Commercial Board, and as Ambassador for the Chartered Institute of Horticulture.
David also champions several charities including Thrive, SANE, The British Hedgehog Preservation Society, and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). These charities are an expression of two of David’s most deeply held beliefs: that gardening is incredibly good for both our mental and physical health, and that it is incredibly important that we all take steps to protect our native wildlife from the effects of human development.
David’s greatest passion, however, is simply using his own love for plants to inspire others to get gardening, and that drive is at the heart of all of his projects.