Patrick Swan, horticulturist, consultant, tutor and garden designer
Patrick Swan provides garden management services Garden design from Patrick Swan Garden tutoring bespoke to your needs

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Patrick Swan provides many services in the gardening sector

Garden Management

Garden managementUsing his extensive knowledge as a professional garden manager Patrick will first perform a detailed survey of the garden, including discussions with the owner, to get a full picture of its current condition and to identify any issues which may be present. He can then put together a full management plan dealing with both the short term day to day running of the garden as well as longer term restoration or development plans. The scope of this plan can include general maintenance according to correct horticultural practice, identification and restoration of historic features, staff requirements and training, public access and open business development and the need for any design or planting improvements; with the whole plan tailor made to the client’s requirements.

This can be done as either a one off project, or as part of a longer term contract involving regular site visits to direct the garden owners and staff in the implementation of the garden management plan.

Garden Management

Garden Designer

Garden designWith the plethora of garden designers in the market place today it can be difficult to know who to turn to. Patrick’s skills as a garden designer come not just from having an artistic flair and a good eye for colour, but also from the basis of being a fully qualified and experienced horticulturalist. This gives him a thorough understanding of the subject which enables him to create gardens that not only look beautiful, but which will also function properly and last a lifetime. He specialises in creating breathtaking planting schemes, either traditional or with a contemporary twist. An accomplished plantsman with a good knowledge of the nursery industry he can specify and locate almost any plant. Examples of Patrick’s work include the restoration of the historic shrub rose borders at Arley Hall and various exhibits for the RHS Tatton show.

Garden design


TutoringThe success or otherwise of a garden is often directly related to the knowledge of those who look after it. With correct training in both practical and theoretical skills garden owners or their staff will be in the best position to maintain and develop their gardens effectively and efficiently. Patrick can tutor garden theory and craft. Working alongside his pupils he will teach correct horticultural practice together with the best of time served traditional skills. Tutorials can also cover garden design and plant identification. Tailored to suit the needs of the individual, correct training will bring benefits in both productivity and morale.


Staff selection and supervision

Staff supervisionPatrick has many years experience of directing gardens staff. There are few people who know more about what is required from a gardener than him. He can help you select the right person for the job, ensuring that they are properly qualified and trained in the skills that you and your garden need. Patrick can also supervise your staff or contractors, effectively taking the role of visiting Head Gardener.

Staff supervision

Tour Guide

Tour guideHaving an in depth knowledge of British garden history, together with good plant identification skills Patrick makes a superb garden tour leader. His informed but approachable nature makes him very popular with tour organisers and their clients alike.

Depending on the scale of the job Patrick is available for all of his services throughout the UK.

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