After completing a six year apprenticeship with City of Liverpool Parks Dept he went on to spend four years in private service.
In 1979 he moved to Tatton Park in Cheshire as propagator and was appointed as Head Gardener in 1983.
During his time at Tatton Sam has overseen many projects including the restoration of Italian and Rose gardens. However it was the restoration of the complete range of Glasshouse, Orchard and Kitchen Gardens which have proved to be popular.
The complete restoration of the Japanese Garden by Sam and his team of English and Japanese Gardeners has been rated as the best restoration of a Japanese garden in Europe. As a result of this Sam was awarded Associate of Honour by the Royal Horticultural Society.
During his career Sam has been involved with various Radio and TV programmes.
He has travelled extensively across the globe to study gardens.
Retiring from Tatton in 2012 Sam has continued to be involved in Gardens and Gardening, advising on Historic estates, Judging and advising at various Horticultural shows.
He also spends time lecturing, writing poetry and general story telling about gardens and gardening.