The Graduate Gardeners who topped off their 40th year in style

Gradate Gardeners celebrated 40 years in business this year - and topped it off with winning four BALI Awards and one Principal BALI Award.

The whole company, 25 people in all, attended the awards in Grosvenor House on 5 December, along with Graduate Gardeners’ founder Philip Howard.

"I’m proud of how well they’ve done. Back in 1974 landscaping was still very much in its infancy. I looked in the Yellow Pages when I started and there were four in Gloucester – now there are 14 pages. It’s grown hugely," he said.

He said that things had changed greatly for business owners. "I think companies have more things to deal with now, especially regarding health and safety.  I didn’t slack on those things but I didn’t have to go into the regulations."

Called the company Graduate Gardeners because he was, in fact, a graduate – of Oxford University, where he got a degree in Geography.

"In those days for a graduate to start building gardens for people was a bit curious which is why friends suggested it. Originally I thought it sounded a bit toffee-nosed but it’s proved to be a good name."

Managing director Charles Price, who took over the business in 2003, said that winning the BALI Awards - including the top award in the domestic garden construction over £250,000 category - had been "a fabulous day for the company".

"The over £250,000 category was really competitive, it was quite something to come out on top of them all."

He added:  "We’re doing well, the market is very strong, house building is buoyant, there are lots of opportunities in roof gardens, in London particularly. I think 2015 will be another busy year."

The company turned over £9,000 in 1945 and £2.5 million this year.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Sargent's solutions - how to attract the best staff for your business

Sargent's solutions - how to attract the best staff for your business

There are ways to find quality candidates for horticultural jobs if you widen your search parameters, Alan Sargent suggests.

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

An effective strategy to retain staff is the best way for any business to avoid a potential recruitment crisis, Neville Stein advises.

IoG Saltex 2017 - Kit showcase

IoG Saltex 2017 - Kit showcase

Mowers, turf care, battery equipment, seeds, arboriculture kit and weed control will all see a wide range of new releases at Saltex, Sally Drury reports.

Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

IOG Saltex

Get set for IoG Saltex 2017 with our comprehensive show guide and exhibitor info.

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.

Industry Data

An exclusive report for HW subscribers revealing the key development trends, clients and locations for 2017.

Products & Kit Resources

BALI National Landscape Awards 2016

Read all about the winning projects in the awards, run in association with Horticulture Week.

Noel Farrer

Founding partner of Farrer Huxley Associates Noel Farrer on landscape and green space

Read Noel Farrer