Patrick Swan was trained in horticulture at Writtle College, Chelmsford and since then has dedicated over twenty years to the running and restoration of country house and significant gardens throughout England. These have included Coughton Court, Warwickshire; Walsingham Abbey, Norfolk and seven years managing the multi award winning gardens at Arley Hall, Cheshire, home of the oldest herbaceous borders in the country.
Patrick has a thorough and in depth understanding of the issues associated with running any garden, gained from extensive experience both practical and managerial. This knowledge is far reaching and covers day to day managing and maintenance together with staff selection and management, garden history, health and safety, public access development and tourism. This has been gained in places of horticultural importance and also where a modern commercial awareness is necessary. He has been called upon to lecture on the subject and also has experience of television and other media work.
This extensive knowledge allows Patrick to now offer himself as a consultant and tutor to owners and staff, if necessary, of country house and significant domestic gardens. Patrick is available to prepare a full management or restoration plan for your garden and manage your staff. He can tutor on a one to one basis, or to small groups in owners own gardens. Patrick can also act as a tour guide. He can prepare designs from a full garden to a single border, with a particular expertise in traditional herbaceous borders and rose gardens.
His current portfolio includes the ongoing management and restoration of an Edwardian country house garden in Worcestershire, run as a conference centre; together with a number of other large private properties, including NGS gardens. Patrick is available throughout the UK and internationally, depending on the scale of the job.