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.

With extensive experience both studying and working in this country and overseas including the Eden Project & the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, I have a thorough understanding of both gardens and the wider environment. Understanding relationships between plants, gardens and people forms a central part of my work ensuring customers requirements are met at all times.



  • Overseas lecturer at Horticultural Academy in Japan

  • Established  degree programmes at the Eden Project

  • Founder of Growing Devon Schools Partnership

I have had a life long interest in the environment and natural landscapes and wilderness. For 15 years now I have been fortunate enough to be able to share this passion through education work with schools, colleges, universities and community groups.   Connecting people to the natural environment through plants and other related hands-on activities is where my passion and expertise lies.


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Latest from the blog

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

Art in the garden

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I love the way these plant supports take inspiration from and at the same time complement the natural environment.

Spectacular autumn colours

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The colours of Mahonia japonica are one of my favourite autumn displays and are followed by the amazing yellow flowers, stunning!

Morning dew

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I realise it absolutely soaks your footwear but the early morning dew certainly is a spectacular sight in the low winter light.

Appreciate the moment!

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One of the best things about being a gardener is being out when and sometimes before, the sun comes up and the mist lies across the fields.

Get in touch

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

 07812 025 604