Architectural Plants has appointed a new Managing Director, Guy Watts. Guy has been our Commercial Director since October 2015 and is now taking the reins from our owner, Angus White.
Angus has managed Architectural Plants since he founded the company in 1990. He started the business without the faintest idea as to whether anyone else shared his passion for such peculiar plants. To his relief, he wasn't alone and Architectural Plants has become a nursery quite unlike any other.
Although Angus has passed on the management of the business to Guy, he remains an integral part of what we do. He continues to be our Nursery Manager where his vast knowledge and years of experience of working with our plants continues to benefit our team and indeed, our customers.
Read below a short introduction to our new MD...
Guy is a Horsham lad, born and bred and a keen horticulturalist since the age of eight. He started working at Architectural Plants during his school holidays and whilst here, he was tutored closely by Angus. The two built a bond then that remains to this day.
Guy left Architectural Plants to embark upon a record-breaking row of 3,160 nautical miles from Australia to Mauritius. He and his rowing partner became the first and fastest paired team to row unassisted from land to land across the Indian Ocean in 102 days, 13 hours and 40 minutes.
Being a part of a generation widely affected by long-term youth unemployment, Guy went on to launch the charity, Streetscape alongside his friend, James Gubb.
Streetscape is an award-winning social enterprise that provides apprenticeships in landscape gardening to 18-25 year olds who are long-term unemployed. Through working on horticultural projects for commercial and residential clients, the charity helps the apprentices build the skills and attributes they need to find and retain employment.
Since returning to Architectural Plants in October 2015, Guy has already made some remarkable changes.
One of his passions is home-grown stock and this year he has doubled our production of home-propagated plants. He's also passionate about supporting young people starting out in horticulture and has given work experience placements and jobs to new graduates and students from local colleges.
Another of Guy's passions is charity and as well as remaining a trustee of Streetscape, he has involved Architectural Plants in several charitable events.
This summer, Architectural Plants sponsored young garden designer, Will Williams through his first show garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Architectural Plants have also donated hundreds of plants to several charitable organisations including to the community garden in Billingshurst.