John was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and moved to London in the late 1980s.
From the age of six, I would follow my father around the garden. The large family garden with a heated greenhouse was the ultimate extra outdoor room, where the family spent most of our spare time.
My first packet of seeds, picked at the local garden centre, was Marrows. Different, but this first independent foray produced a bumper crop, so much so that Mum couldn’t pass the pickings on to others quickly enough. Next, I turned my hand to Marigolds and that year our garden was a blaze of orange.
There, my love of all things horticultural began.
Prior to launching my garden business, I worked in the event industry.
Many of these events involved outdoor areas that had to be decorated. My work took me across the globe, working with many cultures, and gained me vast project management experience.
Throughout this time, my dream was to, at some stage, have my own business in the horticultural industry. I finally took a leap of faith in 2008 and studied with both KLC School of Design in Chelsea and the Royal Horticultural Society.