Alan Mason NDT, F.Inst G,
Dip Hort, MI Hort
Price Band C
Based near Lincoln
Alan Mason studied at Askham Bryan College near York.
He became the youngest Head Gardener in the country at Bramham Park and a founder member of The Professional Gardeners’ Guild (PGG). He was then 'head hunted', becoming the Gardens Manager for the Queen’s cousin, Lord Harewood at Harewood House in Yorkshire. Here he was head of the gardening team which took the gardens into the top ten most visited gardens in the country. Television then beckoned and Alan presented gardening programmes on television regionally, nationally and internationally for 15 years and his long running series “Gardens Without Borders” on Channel 4 saw him visit the gardens of France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Holland.
In 1987 Alan left Harewood and began his garden design and restoration business. He secured a two winter project in Brittany to design and create the gardens for HPB at Manoir du Hilguy. He and his wife then bought the 14th Century Manoir at Port de Roche and created a garden here that the French listed in their top 200 gardens. This was another TV success and a top 10 ratings programme.
Harlaxton Manor in Lincolnshire became the next restoration project, working with it’s American owners during a nine year period.
More recently, Alan has created a small ‘town garden’ at La Rochelle and a large ‘country garden’ near Nantes in France. The école nationale supérieure d'architecture de Versailles now uses this latter garden to show their garden design students the art and craft of English garden design in the 21st century.
Lecturing to groups still plays an important part of his year as does using his own garden in Lincolnshire as a training base for practical courses.
Most of Alan’s work is with designing and creating average size gardens but he is also involved with the training and development of the gardening team at Somerleyton Hall in Suffolk. In Buckinghamshire, for Tony and Cherie Blair, he has worked closely with Cherie Blair on the design and development of their garden and he has recently designed a garden near London for Russian owners who wanted a French style garden.
Recent trips to Geneva and to Brittany to design gardens have all added to the exciting and varied workload Alan continues to enjoy.
Distance and accommodation no problem with our office on wheels!