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George Lovatt

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Based at Stoke on Trent                          


George was born on the private Oakley Estate in Shropshire where his father was the mechanic / chauffeur. He first started working as a gardener at Betton House, Market Drayton and this proved to be the making of him. It was here that George trained under Harold Peto's Head Gardener, a great plantsman, Bill Harris. Mr Harris knew both Gertrude Jekyll and Edwin Lutyens and he became George's mentor. George became inspired by the enthusiasm and knowledge that Mr Harris imparted. Even today George pays tribute to the great man but regrets never having been able to tell him. "He brought the people and the stories alive" says George. "I can't believe how lucky I was to train under him, he was truly an inspiration to me"

George must have been a great pupil, because when Mr Harris retired, George took over the role of Head Gardener at Betton House. Later, he learnt new skills and sub-tropical plants when he went to work at The Abbey Gardens on Tresco. But George's place in history was sealed when he moved to The Dorothy Clive Garden run by The Willoughbridge Garden Trust. Here, his great skills as a plantsman came to the fore in developing the entire garden, but the Woodland, Rock Garden and Scree, Waterfall and ornamental borders are all noteworthy examples of his work. George is recognised within the PGG as one of the very best plantsmen in the country and he has passed on some of this knowledge to his two sons, also professional horticulturists.