Alexander Forster Garden Excellence has been founded on my passion for plants and my vision for designing and creating beautiful city, town or country gardens of any size.
It started in 1990 when a one year work placement took me to the immaculate gardens of Hanstead House, which had once been a stately home. It was an amazing opportunity to nurture my early interest in garden maintenance. There was a wild life and native plant area, rose gardens, sunken gardens, formal gardens, extensive lawns flanked with wonderful herbaceous borders, water gardens, glass houses for growing bedding for the extravagant displays, and an extensive Japanese garden, from which I have never forgotten the scent of deciduous Azaleas.
From there I went on study Horticulture at Writtle College. During this time I enjoyed a six month work placement as a gardener on a manor house estate in Bedfordshire where I also experienced woodland management. A further six months placement was spent working for a commercial landscape company based in Essex.
Prior to establishing my Garden Excellence service in early 2015, I spent 20 years managing a prestigious landscape design, build and maintenance company based in Chelsea, London. I worked closely with other garden specialists during this time, from experts in garden structures and trellis work, irrigation to tree surgeons. With many high profile clients and exclusive properties, the work my team and I were proud to deliver was of an exceptional standard.