Our Team

OBSESSED WITH INCREDIBLE PLANTS AND GARDENS

GUY WATTS

OWNER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR

Guy’s connection with Architectural Plants began as a boy. It spans Saturdays, school holidays and post university before the lure of the sea saw him rowing the Indian Ocean in 2009. He co-founded the charity Streetscape, before returning to AP in 2015. Find out more about Guy on our Garden Designers page.

JAY OSMAN

HEAD OF OPERATIONS & AP HOMEGROWN

Jay joined us in 2021, having previously worked in the Horticulture and Landscape industries for over 17 years. He oversees our external operations for Garden Design, Planting and Creative Maintenance whilst also managing our recruitment and training. Jay leads our AP Homegrown Apprenticeship Scheme, designed to deliver an inspiring programme of professional and personal development for apprentices who want a career in the horticultural industry. Outside of work, he is a busy dad and loves taking his 3 children hiking or biking at the weekend.

SOPHIE PETT-GALLACHER

SALES MANAGER & PLANT BUYER

Working alongside Guy, Sophie is the cornerstone of our busy office whilst also heading up both our retail and trade sales teams and managing the procurement of all our plants.

DEBBIE BOXALL

PROJECT MANAGER & GARDEN DESIGNER

Debbie joined Architectural Plants in 2013 and is our lead garden designer. She wants to give her customers a garden they can’t get anywhere else. She loves using topiary and creating blobberies and she gives each garden the iconic AP look. Find out more about Debbie on our Garden Designers page.

AMY ROBERTSON

GARDEN DESIGNER

Amy is an award-winning garden designer with over 15 years experience in the industry. She has designed gardens for RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and a number of 5 Star Trade Gardens at Chelsea. When she is not designing, she is a keen foodie and part of the AP running team. Find out more about Amy on our Garden Designers page.

ZAC SMITH-BUBBINS

GARDEN DESIGNER

Zac joined us in 2020 having previously worked in New Zealand designing and planting gardens. Drawing on his knowledge as a plantsman and with a degree in creative design, he loves to get to work on innovative designs that will transform your garden. If you are looking to be a bit daring, Zac’s ready to discuss exciting alternatives using a unique fusion of our plants and rarer specimens. In his spare time he’s something of a culinary connoisseur. Ask him for his Katsu curry recipe – it’s delicious.

FLORENCE HARRIS

DEPUTY SALES MANAGER

Flo is an outdoors-y person, she has a degree in Agriculture and Farm Management from the University of Cirencester and started work here as part of the nursery team. She is now more office based, assisting both trade and retail customers.

SARAH DRUMMOND HUGHES

CREATIVE DESIGN CONSULTANT

Working with our Sales Team, Sarah specialises in remote design and advising our customers from the nursery. She has a keen interest in plants for coastal, hot arid and shady gardens. Sarah has considerable experience in maintaining gardens and worked for a number of years managing the gardens of a large estate.

SARAH CHANDLER

SALES SUPPORT

After a nine year break, Sarah’s return to AP has raised the numbers of Sarah’s to three. An extremely knowledgeable horticulturalist, she is now supporting the sales team with her sidekick Ben.

DARREN READ

TRANSPORT MANAGER

If you love our plants you will probably feel the same way about the man who manages the delivery of them to you. Darren is our trusted driver and an expert when it comes to handling and loading plants both large and small. Every delivery is assessed in detail and every plant is safely secured and wrapped for protection if necessary. He is yet to come across a plant or tree on the nursery that he can’t deliver one way or another. He’ll also deliver anywhere in the U.K. No problem is too great for Darren and he is always ready to help if arrangements take a last minute or unexpected turn.

FREDDIE PARKS

PLANTING TEAM MANAGER

Freddie joined us in the Summer of 2016 and quickly made a huge impact on our Planting Team. In 2021, he took on the responsibility of managing the team and leading them on ever more ambitious (but never impossible) planting projects. If we plant your garden, Freddie will be leading from the front, directing team operations and making sure the job gets done to your total satisfaction. He has endless energy and enthusiasm – and the team follow – with the speed and precision of a finely tuned cohort. Pull up a chair if you can because the spectacle is enthralling.

MATTIA TUNDIS

PLANTING TEAM

Mattia joined us at the start of 2022 and has rapidly become an indispensable member of our Planting Team. Preparation and precision are his watch words when undertaking any job. He’s industrious, efficient and an incredible power-house: holding the record for digging and planting faster than anyone else in the team. He’s obsessed with plants with a particular leaning to Mediterranean favourites and stalwarts from his family homeland of Italy like our Cypress and Olive trees. Away from his work, Mattia is a busy dad and likes to cook and take his kids to the beach at the weekend and if possible, squeeze in a gym visit.

SAM RANCE

CREATIVE MAINTENANCE TEAM MANAGER

Sam leads our Creative Maintenance Team. He joined us in early 2019 from Parham House Gardens where he had been for 7 years. An expert clipper, he is a total perfectionist and completely obsessed with his craft. A master of formal shaping and cloud pruning ‘Niwaki’ he also enjoys more innovative and creative challenges such as undulating blobberies and stripping palm trees. When Sam is not clipping in the winter months, he also supports the Planting Team where he relishes the physical challenges of being a plantsman.

JAMES HAGAN

CREATIVE MAINTENANCE TEAM

James started at AP in 2015, whilst completing his Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture at Brinsbury College. He became a full-time member of our Nursery Team in 2018. During this time, he began to develop a good eye for displaying the plants on our nursery and also worked on two show gardens at the Ideal Home Show in London. Learning from Linda and Andy, he progressed to clipping and shaping our range of ‘Niwaki’, blobberies and other topiarised plants. Joining our Creative Maintenance Team in 2021 was the next logical step.

RICHARD SHLOVOGT

PLANT HEALTH SPECIALIST

Richard is our Plant Health expert. There isn’t a leaf, bud or granite chip he doesn’t inspect. You might well see him on the nursery attending to our plants (he’s the chap in the green suit) or you might well require his services in your garden. Either way we are all safe under his watch.

JASON GILFORD

MARKETING MANAGER

Jason joined the nursery in 2016 after an established career in the media and teaching. He learned all he knows about horticulture from Guy and Angus and managed the Nursery Team until 2020. He’s a homegrown hybrid and his favourite plant is Podocarpus salignus ‘Niwaki’.

DOUG HAY

DISPATCH CO-ORDINATOR

Doug manages the collection and organisation of plants for delivery and planting. He is also the man to call on should you need help loading your car. On Saturdays however, his vocal skills will be employed elsewhere – either in the studio or at a gig with his band Icarus Falls.

ABI

NURSERY MANAGER

Abi manages our Nursery Team and is AP’s resident action woman – she’s always on the go, keeping our nursery looking its best and driving production forward. In her spare time, Abi is a regular distance runner and keeps a burgeoning allotment.

DAN HILLEN

DEPUTY NURSERY MANAGER

AP Homegrown, Dan started his apprenticeship with us in the spring of 2019 qualifying as a full time member of the team in the autumn of 2020. In 2021, he was promoted to Deputy Nursery Manager to support Abi run our rapidly expanding nursery – a serious responsibility which he carries out with passion and tenacity. Obsessed by the plants he looks after at our nursery, his knowledge and skills are developing with each new season. Dan is fast becoming quite the horticultural all-rounder.

TOM HOLMES SMITH

LEAD PROPAGATOR

As our lead propagator, Tom is focused on developing our home grown plants for the nursery. However, you might find him supporting the Planting Team on your Garden Design or supporting the production team.

LINDA ADAMES

NURSERY TEAM

Linda is highly skilled in clipping and shaping and trains all of our Niwaki. She has a keen creative eye for developing new shapes and re-imagining traditional forms. If she is not in her production zone working on her latest innovation she is quite likely out with Andy on a Creative Maintenance visit.

MATT WELLS

HEAD OF ESTATE MANAGEMENT

Matt joined in 2013. Whilst helping out on the nursery and irrigation he discovered his enthusiasm for the planting side of the business. He quickly proved to be an exceptional plantsman and went on to manage our Planting Team before handing over the reins to Freddie in 2021. Expertly knowledgeable, unflappable, organised and with a keen eye for detail, Matt now manages the running of our nursery estate and all our ongoing development projects.

COLIN JUPP

HEAD GARDENER

Experienced, meticulous and efficient, Colin is highly skilled in clipping and shaping. He is our longest serving team member responsible for planting, managing and developing our lake garden and surrounding grounds. When you visit, you are more than likely to spot him up a ladder tending to the Cupressus sempervirens or Pinus pinea.

TINA WATTS

CREATIVE DESIGNER

On the nursery, Tina’s speciality is floral design. Her arrangements and other decorative work can be seen displayed around our sales and till areas. You will also see her trimming and tidying the plants in Span 1 & 2. Yuccas and Dasylirions can be tricky devils to manicure but Tina has a particular skill for making these look tip-top.

ANGUS WHITE

FOUNDER

Angus founded Architectural Plants in 1989 and launched the company onto an unsuspecting and bemused British public the following spring. Previously a furniture maker, his fascination for plants that have their own spectacular ‘architecture’ has borne a flourishing culture of enthusiasts who share his obsession. Everything he does is led by design, a meticulous pursuit for perfection and an interminable search for the world’s most exciting and rare specimens.

PHIL HARRIS

MASTER CRAFTSMAN

Phil has built everything from the office, to the cafe. A master craftsman, he’s a highly valued member of AP, you may even spot his plaque on the wall outside the office.

SARAH HARBOUR

ACCOUNTS

Harbs is our in-house accountant. Away from the figures, she is a keen country and western fan but the majority of her spare time is occupied playing golf professionally. She is also her club’s first female champion.