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Trevor Tooth has been landscaping and designing gardens for 33 years.Trevor now enjoys working on his own in kent providing personal design service along with construction of the gardens mainly in areas of Whitstable, Faversham and Canterbury and surrounding areas. His personal hands on approach ensures the work is delivered to his standards and he enjoys the whole creative process. He also wanted to spend more time with his family, and although works solely on design collaborates building gardens of all sizes working with his life long friend Seth Furminger who is also a Landscape gardener in his own right. Together with their skills, experience and strong work ethic they make a formidable Build team for any garden or landscape project.
Read on about Trevor career in the landscape industry..................
Straight out of school he started work in Nurseries and Garden Centre building up plant knowledge whilst training part time at Hadlow college in landscape and horticulture.
He moved on to further his knowledge and worked in the Garden maintenance sector learning how to care for gardens and understanding of plant care and pruning of gardens and grounds. After having worked in this area for some years Trevor went to work in the Landscaping side of the industry where he really found his vocation landscaping and building gardens. He had opportunity to work in the commercial side of the industry working with builders and Architects reading and applying drawings on to sites. Trevor then worked for some prestigious Private Landscape companies building bespoke domestic gardens and working with garden designers where he quickly learnt he had a creative aptitude for garden design.
Trevor spent the next 8 years building up a successful landscape design and build company winning Grand awards for Best Domestic Garden Design and Build with BALI (British Association of Landscape Industries).
Trevor then sold the company on wishing for new challenges and was auditioned and given the prestigious job as BBC Garden Expert on BBC Radio Kent working with Sue Dougan and Andy Garland answering listeners questions live every Sunday which Trevor says was "challenging but invigorating testing your knowledge of gardening and horticulture in a live situation week on week".
Chelsea Flower Show live broadcast along with fellow expert Steve Bradley still echoes as one of the most exciting times. Trevor spent time mixing with the Horticultural hierarchy, interviewing and walking on and through the show gardens. Trevor says "I found myself behind the scenes between broadcasts and there was Alan Titchmarsh in makeup, I was lucky enough to have a chat with him and he was as down to earth and generous with his time and domenener as appears on television. We talked about what I would like to do and he advised me to start with a small show garden at a smaller show and build up to Chelsea, as it is the World stage and one must earn your place at the table with experience and hard work, I really appreciated that moment as I grew up with Geoff Hamilton and Alan Titchmarsh as inspiration to get into Gardening. If that was not enough Trevor had a chance interview with Garden designer Julian Dowle who had created A Dream of Old Blighty for the Chelsea Pensioners which won Gold and Peoples Choice Award, Julian and Trevor over the next year collaborated in moving the garden and redesigning it into the Pub at Wye, Kent where Trevor and his team at the time built the new garden along with many other pub gardens for Shepherd Neame Brewery.
With only 2 weeks notice, Trevor then had the privilege of creating 2 small show gardens at Hampton Court for BBC to celebrate the first year since world war II that vegetable seeds had out sold flower seeds. Trevor created a take on a War time garden with a mock up air raid shelter long with a modern kitchen garden showing the extended diversity of plants we can now grow. His success winning a prestigious RHS Silver medal led him to Design and build large Show Garden the following year again at Hampton Court Flower Show.
The Show Garden was called Love, Life and Regeneration and was based upon Trevor losing his Father to Cancer but gaining a son. It was a modern garden based on the circle of life and how life continues and regenerates, visitors from Japan said that they felt it had a strong oriental influence which is no surprise, as Trevor has practiced Martial Arts since the age of 12 and still does teaching today having achieved 6th Dan Professor status within his chosen art. The garden was kindly sponsored by Shepherd Neame Brewery and several Private clients and raised money for charity. It was awarded RHS Innovation Award along with receiving much accolade and awarded a RHS Silver-Gilt Medal.
The success of the Hampton Court lead to the RHS inviting Trevor to Design a Large Show Garden on Main Avenue at The Chelsea Flower Show for LLoyds TSB Bank as the Sponsor.
The Chelsea Flower Show with LLoyds TSB as sponsor was to be one of the most intense, challenging but professionally rewarding parts of Trevors rich horticultural career to date. Trevor spent the next 2 years designing gardens on main avenue winning further RHS Medals. Meeting Her Majesty the Queen and many other members of the Royal family, along with celebrities. Trevor will return one day to continue his pursuit of the gold medal when the right opportunity presents itself.
Trevor now enjoys working on his own in kent providing personal design service along with construction of the gardens allowing him to to enjoy the process delivering a much more personal service and craftsmanship devoted to his craft and giving him more time with his family and friends.