An Intro to Niche Landscapes
I am delighted to introduce myself to you, I am Anthony Carroll and I am the managing director for Niche Landscapes Ltd.
From a young age, I was interested in horticulture and wanted to pursue this as a career. During the school holidays I would always carry out some activity in the garden, especially in the mornings while listening to the birds sing.
Once I had left school, I was delighted to be accepted at Brackenhurst College in Nottinghamshire to study Horticulture.
After completing my studies in the year 2000 I started my career as an Assistant Gardener and soon progressed to become Head Gardener on a historical estate . However, my ambition was to own a horticultural company, so I left my position as Head Gardener in 2005 and proceeded to run my own business.
In 2017 I was delighted to be asked to become a judge and assessor for The Royal Horticultural Society as part of their Green Plan It course.
I have continued my professional development throughout my career and I am delighted to be awarded full membership of The Chartered Institute of Horticulture, Professional Garden Consultant Association, The Professional Gardeners Guild and I am also a Consultant Member to The Gardeners Guild.
Being a horticultural scientist and consultant, horticulture and green therapy is a huge part of my life. I am passionate in promoting and improving the world of horticulture by influencing people of all ages and abilities, to celebrate this wonderful science.
With the wealth of experience I now have, I am continually inspiring adults and children to be interested in horticulture. I believe this is an incredibly rewarding subject, as it encourages physical motivation, scientific and mathematical challenges and creativity, while being also extremely beneficial for mental wellbeing.
I am now in my twentieth year within the industry and have a wealth of experience within this sector of private, commercial, historic, hospitality, education, HM prison service, NHS and local authority.
During my years in horticulture, I have accumulated many ‘favourite’ herbaceous perennials, trees and shrubs. However to isolate one particular favourite of mine in each group they are;
Verbena bonariensis – adds elegance and height to any herbaceous border and is a fantastic food source for our pollinators due to the longevity of the flowers.
Amelanchier lamarkii – is a great small to medium size tree for any garden. An early display of spring blossom, edible dark fruits and a fantastic autumn show of leaf colour.
Viburnum rhytidophyllum – is a great specimen shrub that can trained as a climber as well. You can enjoy the characteristic of this shrub by its lovely textured leaf, the pubescent stems and the domed clusters of small cream flowers in late spring, followed by ovoid red fruit ripening to black.
Having experienced every season for many years in the garden, my favourite season is winter as you can see the true forms of the individual shrubs. A winter garden can be so magical on a lovely crisp frosty morning.
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