Melanie Horsey

John Horsey Horticulture

John Horsey runs private courses at Burrow Farm Gardens in Dalwood, Axminster in Devon.   The courses allow more time for learning and avoid the stress of examinations and assignments. This is the basis of the Diploma in Horticulture as well as the Certificate in Garden History.

John has over 45 years experience in the horticultural industry as both a commercial grower of specialist alpine plants and as a professional horticultural and environmental lecturer and he is well known for his expertise on all things horticultural and environmental.
His career started on a commercial chrysanthemum and cut flower nursery and following college he started as a gardener in a large amenity garden near Ringwood in Hampshire. He progressed to head gardener before leaving to start his own maintenance and landscape company with an emphasis on wildlife gardening.

He also established a nursery specialising in alpines, aquatics and unusual perennials. His lifelong experience has resulted in many medals and awards at major RHS shows and other gardening events, with contributions to local radio and many talks and lectures to gardening and wildlife groups.

John has had a fascination with the natural world since his earliest days and has travelled throughout Europe studying plants and animals and seeking ways in which we can grow our food crops and create gardens whilst still respecting and preserving the wonderful natural world around us.  He is now a Fellow of The Linnean Society.

Following his life long interest in Garden History he initiated and with Nick Rigden established and ran the Foundation degree in Garden History and Heritage Horticulture at Hestercombe Gardens with the University of the West of England. He has also completed a Masters Degree in Garden History at Bristol University with Professor Timothy Mowl.

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