History

One of Britain's Best Independent Plant Breeders

I’m an independent Plant Breeder developing a wide range of hardy garden plants for the temperate regions of the world.

I worked for Hillier Nurseries for 36 years in the Propagation Department. Here I learnt the skills of plant breeding from the great Hillier Propagator, Peter Dummer.

My first great success was with Choisya ‘Aztec Pearl’, bred in 1983, it was launched by Hillier at the Chelsea Flower Show in 1989. Weigela ‘Dark Horse’ followed in 1997 and was marketed by PlantHaven in the USA.

In 1999, after 10 years of intensive breeding Choisya ‘Goldfingers’ was launched through Hillier’s and Plantnet, an international marketing network group. And in 2005 BuddlejaSilver Anniversary‘ (Syn Morning Mist) was launched through Farplants and Longstock Park Nursery.

In 1997 I left Hillier’s and took up the position as The Propagator at Longstock Park Nursery in Hampshire. I have partially retired but still work a few hours with responsiblity for the National Collection of Buddleja held at the nursery.

I’m also a member of the RHS hardy plant trial committee

As a hobby I spends hundreds of hours developing new plants. These are extensively trialled in my garden before being released to the trade.

I don’t sell plants direct to Gardeners they are available  through the stockists listed on each of the plant pages.

 

“Peter is highly creative and his enthusiasm is infectious”.

Martin Young, Nectar Plants

“Fun trying to pick the next winner in an already impressive stable”.

John Hedger, New Place Nurseries