Help with your garden
from a careful and creative gardener

If you need someone to do more than just cut the grass, then I am a conscientious and knowledgeable Teddington-based gardener who can help revitalise your garden. If you need help with replanting or pruning give me a call on 07752 636 502 or e-mail

Ed Brown

As gardening has been my principal leisure activity for more than 30 years, after I was made redundant in 2005, it seemed obvious that I should start working as a freelance gardener.

My clients
I now have more than ten clients in a number of private gardens in Teddington, Twickenham and Hampton. In most cases, around two hours in alternate weeks is sufficient. Recent projects include replanting a border in one Teddington garden and building raised beds and planting a garden in Twickenham.

Until September 2007, I worked 12 hours a week in a large riverside garden in Hampton Wick. This comprised just under an acre and had a 70ft river frontage. The arrangement only came to an end when the owner sold the property.

Horticultural training & skills
I studied horticulture at Richmond Adult College and passed the RHS Certificate in Horticulture level 2 in June 2007. I got a pass (50%+) for Horticulture 1 (planning, principles and production) and pass with commendation (70%+) for Horticulture 2 (ornamental, principles and maintenance) - pass overall. In addition I have good DIY skills including simple carpentry and plumbing. As a member of the RHS I have access to the Society’s advisory services and library.

Since February 2009 I have been working one day a week as a volunteer gardener for the National Trust at Ham House, Surrey.

Growing bonsai
I have been growing bonsai for around 10 years and I am the secretary of the Bonsai Kai, Europe's oldest bonsai club. I also write its newsletter and maintain the club's website. We often exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show and I assisted with the construction of our exhibition stands for 2004, 2005, 2007 and in 2009 when we won a Silver medal. In 2011, our 50th year, we have will be exhibiting in the Grand Pavilion.



 Why Niwashi? 

Japanese trees



Niwashi is Japanese for gardener. In his book Niwaki, Jake Hobson, defines niwashi as ‘the custodians of the remarkable balance between nature – with its cycles, seasons, life and death – and the will and creativity of human beings’.

In 2006 I went to Japan and saw for myself just how exquisite gardens are there and subsequently joined the Japanese Gardens Society. While I cannot claim to be nearly as skilled as these gardeners, I hope that my approach to horticulture incorporates at least some aspects of their gardening philosophy.