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.

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…

A pleasure to work with!

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Good tools make any job easier and in some cases an absolute pleasure like these traditional Japanese shears from Niwaki, check out their website, I promise you won't be disappointed!

Get in touch

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

 07812 025 604