About The Bristol Gardener
I’m Piers, The Bristol Gardener. Here’s a bit about me…
I grew up in a tiny village in Gloucestershire. Pre-dating the iPad by twenty years, and with little in the way of local amenities, I was left to make my own fun - running around fields and climbing trees with my brother and four sisters. It was fantastic. My earliest memories of our garden were watching the butterflies feasting on the Buddleia, the seed helicopters falling from the two Ash trees (which doubled up as goalposts), and quickly retrieving the football from the Geranium bed without being spotted by my mum!
At 19, I attended university in Bristol. I left three years later with a First Class degree in Drama. Realising life in the theatre was not for me, I spent a couple of years working in a terribly boring office job, before deciding I needed to honour my roots and get outside! I love living in the city, but missed the countryside, so becoming a gardener in Bristol was the perfect solution.
I spent a couple of years training under the tutelage of some highly respected local gardeners, before branching out on my own and becoming The Bristol Gardener in 2012. I have continued my education through experience and independent learning, as well as taking on further training from experts in the field, including Chelsea Gold Award Winner and RHS board member, Jon Wheatley.