Plants. Gardens. People

Over 30 years experience in horticulture and education. Member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture. Specialist in tree & shrub pruning and garden development.

About Rupert Bannister

I have trained & worked with some of the leading gardens and horticultural institutions in the UK and overseas. Having travelled and worked in inspirational locations from the wilderness of Scotland and New Zealand to the gardens of Cornwall and Japan I bring elements from each into my horticultural and education work. Combining passions of plants, gardens and people I currently work as a freelance horticulturalist and horticultural educator based in East Devon where I live with my wife and eleven year old son.

Please feel free to contact me regarding any horticultural or education subjects. I look forward to hearing from you,

Rupert Bannister


  • Overseas lecturer at Horticultural Academy in Japan

  • Established¬† degree programmes at the Eden Project

  • Founder of Growing Devon Schools Partnership

Connecting people to plants and the natural environment is where my passion and expertise lie. The principles of experiential learning are at the centre of my education work.



  • Thirty years in public & private gardens.

  • Projects in Australia & New Zealand.

  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture.

Working with customers to maintain and develop landscapes and gardens ensuring that spaces are used to maximise potential for entertainment, play or relaxation.


Horticulture & garden services in East Devon

  • Plant & gardens management & development: Ongoing or one off projects

  • Consultancy & advice: domestic or commercial landscape and garden work

  • Tree & shrub pruning: all aspects of renovation and re-shaping

Contact: | 07812025604

Latest from the blog

Keep up to date with new and ongoing projects in gardens, classrooms and the great outdoors.

Emerging foliage

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Pruning of this Japanese Acer last year has opened the canopy and initiated a new fresh flush of foliage. The traditional methods of Niwaki (garden tree in Japanese) have been…

Specialist pruning

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Getting the best from your plants All plants have their special characters, these can be best displayed and emphasised by careful management and specialist pruning. These plants can be free…

Using plant fibres

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Making use of these Phormium leaves to tie them selves in bundles makes managing them in the trailer much easier. These sword like leaves have great ammount of uses in…

Spring time!

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Flowering Cherry trees are a sign of spring in many places around the world. This Devon garden has many trees that will flower in the coming months reminding me of…

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Get in touch

Please feel free to contact me regarding horticultural or education work.

 07812 025 604