Plants. Gardens. People

Over 30 years experience in horticulture and education. Member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture. Specialist in  the fields of horticulture, sustainability & education.

About Rupert Bannister

I have had the pleasure and good fortune to train & work with some of the leading 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 ten year old son.

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

Rupert Bannister


  • Thirty years working in public & private gardens.

  • Projects in Australia & New Zealand.

  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture.

I work with customers to maintain and develop landscapes and gardens ensuring that spaces can be used to maximise potential for entertainment, play or relaxation in the outdoor environment.



  • 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 from schools to university programmes.


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

Right plant, right place!

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Coastal planting can be impressive but requires some thought and planning. Try to match plants that come from coastal areas in their native countries like the Phormiums of New Zealand. These…

Let there be light!

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Never be afraid to be drastic in the garden. Often the most attractive feature of a plant can be hidden away under the curtain of foliage. Plants like this amazing…

Design & layout

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The new patio at this East Devon property beautifully complements the informal style of the house and surrounding garden & landscape. The canopy of the Parottia persica and Japanese Acer…

Let the light in

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I opened up the lower canopy on this silver birch last year to expose the true majesty of this beautiful mature specimen. Getting light in also allows more plant diversity…

Get in touch

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

 07812 025 604