Meet The Team

The Garden Gargains team was founded by three enthusiastic and experienced Horticulturalists, (and incredibly keen gardeners!) who have spent several decades working in the nursery industry

Peter McDermott, "Head Gardener" or Managing Director!

Peter has spent well over 20 years in horticulture after studying at Bicton Horticultural College. Having grown up on his family nursery in South Devon, where he grew over 300 varieties of fuchsia and geranium as well as cut-flowers commercially, Peter has a real understanding of plants and how to grow them. Peter has since worked for and run several large mail order gardening companies, where he has gained unrivalled expertise in the UK gardening sector. Peter runs the business, is our Marketing Expert, and keeps everyone in order!

Expert on: Fruit and vegetables, bulbs, bedding plants and hanging baskets.
Favourite Plants: Fuchsia, Agapanthus, Gerbera & my lawn - especially when it has stripes on it!
Own garden: Large formal gardens in Lincolnshire, with new borders, mature trees and lots exciting new projects!
If I grew just one thing to eat, it would be strawberries.
Top Tip: Garden little and often and concentrate on the things that matter most - mow your lawn and trim the edges every week in the summer and hoe weeds in between plants on sunny days.
Pet gardening hate: Scruffy gardens - regardless of what Martin says!

Martin Rowe, "Assistant Head Gardener" or Horticultural Director!

Martin has worked extensively for large nurseries across the UK for over 20 years since Horticultural College, having grown up on his family's renowned chrysanthemum nursery in Somerset. He has a wealth of unique plant information, and works with growers across the UK and Europe to find the best plants, of the best quality. He buys most of our plants, and runs the pack house team too!

Expert on: Trees, shrubs and perennials
Favourite Plants: Callicarpa (Beauty Berry) and Magnolias
Own garden: Cottage garden borders and shrubbery, with fruit orchard, and "tropical style" terrace in Somerset.
If I grew just one thing to eat, it would be . . . salad potatoes - so easy, results guaranteed.
Top Tips: You can rarely harm a shrub or perennial by pruning it back too much, only by too little. If in doubt, hack it back!!
Pet gardening hate: Over-tidy gardens (weeds can look nice too) and Chelsea Flower Show (don't ask!)

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