Throughout Johns childhood he helped his dad potting and weeding. Learning as he went and developing a love for growing plants. Having grown up with gardening in his blood John took a particular interest in Crocosmias, building up collection of over 140 different varieties of this plant that has now become nationally recognised.
Taking over the nursery in 2009 with girlfriend Kate, they have successfully progressed and improved the business winning numerous awards culminating in the nurseries first RHS Gold award at the Tatton Park Flower Show 2011.
2012 now sees John flying the flag for all young gardeners accross the country as he proudly takes on the mantle of the very first BBC Young Gardener of the Year
John is also a qualified landscaper running Holden Clough Landscapes which provides a full service from Patios to Pergolas and Walls to Water Features. On Saturdays, John is on hand at the nursery and available to discuss all your problems and gardening needs.
Since taking over the nursery John has won many awards including
- Silver Award - Harrogate Flower Show 2009
- Premier Award - Harrogate Flower Show 2010
- Silver Gilt Award - RHS Tatton Park 2010
- Gold Award - RHS Tatton Park 2011
- Gold Award - Harrogate Flower Show 2011
John studied at Askham Bryan College near York in 2006 and obtained a Certificate of Higher Education in Landscape Design and Garden Management