Welcome to The Garden Coach™
Advice and hands on training in your garden...
Despite, or perhaps because of, the wealth
of books and television programmes on the subject, gardening
can seem very complicated and confusing. Even to those of
have been doing it for years!
The Garden Coach™ explains and demonstrates all aspects
of gardening simply and at a pace to suit the individual,
whether a complete beginner or more advanced.
What WE do together:
Garden! Together, we can learn about design,
planting styles, identifying plants, creating new gardens,
improve existing ones, growing flowers & vegetables, learn
how & when to prune, create exciting pots for the patio,
recycle waste, how to control weeds & pests, how to encourage
wildlife into the garden. And the most important art of all
- how to relax & enjoy your garden!
What The Garden Coach™ DOES NOT do:
Force a garden style upon you. We work
as a partnership to create the garden that you want. There
are no expensive (and often unworkable) design plans. Together
we create beautiful gardens through rough sketches and practical
on-site evaluation. Happy with the design you have got? That’s
fine, we just work together to improve & enhance the existing
What tools do I need to buy?
None. For the first session we will use
what you have or, if you have none and for training purposes,
these will be provided free of charge.
In fact, if you do not have any, it is better to wait and
let us assess together exactly which tools are best for your
requirements. If you like the tools we provide, many are for
sale (new and unused!) and at a very competitive price.
Who IS The Garden Coach™?
Shortland NDH, AIHort., a classically trained
Head Gardener and owner of The Glyme Garden & Landscape
Company™, he is passionate about gardening and
plants in particular and has a wealth of experience
John has worked together with the owners of some very
prestigious, private gardens in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
This has given him knowledge of practical and time efficient
methods in all aspects of horticulture - from tiny patio
gardens right through to creating new parklands. You
can take advantage of this.
He has also been an advisor to the public at Chelsea
Flower Shows and led the plant production team for a
BBC Gardeners World Exhibition garden which won an acclaimed
Royal Horticultural Society Silver Medal. He has also
assisted with the construction of gardens for Channel
4 Television series ‘Garden Doctor’s’,
working alongside designer Dan Pearson and, earlier,
the late Geoff Hamilton.
John is an elected member of the Institute of Horticulture
and of The Professional Gardener’s Guild, The
Royal Horticultural Society and Henry Doubleday Research
Association. He also serves on the Committee of the
Oxfordshire Gardens Trust, a charity devoted to the
promotion and welfare of gardens and parks within the
So what now?
Contact John to discuss your requirements.
All sessions are individually tailored to suit your own needs
and level of knowledge. Bookings can be made singly or, block
booked for the whole or part year - giving you a wide range
of skills needed for a beautiful garden.
After each session, which can be for individual gardeners
or groups, worksheets giving specific information for your
garden can be used as aide-memoires and kept for future reference.
To find out more, click here.