Hannah joined us five years ago as head gardener following eight years, also as head gardener, at Garsington Manor in Oxfordshire. Hannah trained with the RHS and at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Following this she spent a year studying and working in horticulture and garden design in Japan. Hannah has also worked at the historic gardens at Great Dixter and Sissinghurst.
In addition to her role at Bayntun Flowers Hannah will be working on a charity sponsored 'Chekhov Physic garden' for Hampton Court 2018. She is doing this under her design company name New British landscapes in collaboration with Anna Benn Garden Design.
Ed is our Estate Manager, and joined us last year with a wealth of experience in the realms of tree surgery, large scale tree planting, hedge renovation and formative pruning. His particular specialisation is topiary, and his meticulous work has regularly been featured in garden magazines. As our on-site arborist he takes care of all the trees, hedges and topiaries, including those grown especially for the foliage which we harvest throughout the year. He is sometimes suspicious that we hired him on the basis of his height - he is a mighty 6’8 without his hat. He needn’t be, as he readily adapts himself to all scenarios (including looking after our flock of pedigree Hebridean sheep).
Judith Brotherton (pictured left)
Judith came to us through a placement with the Womens' Farm and Garden Association (WFGA), as part of a scheme which gives people the opportunity to gain practical experience in horticulture and a potential change in career. She joined us in 2014, and enjoyed her experience as a trainee so much that she has stayed with us ever since. Her career change followed 20 years as a manager in the public sector (NHS), working with older people and children and specialising in the improvement of cardiac and stroke services. She is passionate about all flowers, but loves the tulips and dahlias best of all.
Penny Philip (pictured right)
Penny has a strong family background in architecture and design, and had an antiques shop in Walcot Street, the artisanal quarter of Bath, for 20 years. After translating her knowledge into interior design, with a stint in Seoul, she returned to her roots in the West Country and rediscovered her love of gardening. She worked in a specialist plant nursery near Bradford-on-Avon, and several large gardens before she joined us two years ago. She relishes the very varied horticultural challenges which Bayntun Flowers offers her, and is not deterred by any task whatever the weather.