With  horticultural experience in a range of Cotswold gardens Joff Elphick can offer a wide range of services including maintenance on a regular basis, design, or planting for any of the following areas of your garden:



  • Herbaceous borders
  • Cut flower gardens
  • Topiary
  • Pleaching
  • Knot Gardens
  • Cottage Gardens
  • Parterres
  • Potagers and kitchen gardens
  • Planting Plans
  • Pruning of fruit and ornamentals 
  • Climbing Plants
  • Rambling Roses
  • Ponds
  • £245 per day



A beautiful garden guaranteed from an

experienced head gardener

Clipping the box in the garden at Thyme Cookery School

In brief:

Joff Elphick has worked at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, The National Trust Advisory Department, Barnsley House. The private estate of Sir Chris and Lady Evans. Award winning cookery school and country estate 'Thyme' at Southrop. . He also hosts the highly popular POT and CLOCHE garden podcast and edits a number of other well known UK podcasts. Contact him if you have an idea for a horticulture or food inspired podcast. He is a proud member of the Garden Media Guild.

In not so brief:

Joff Elphick is an experienced gardener offering his services in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds and has worked in some of the areas finest gardens. He is the host on the popular gardening show Pot and Cloche Garden Podcasts where he interviews gardeners, writers, authors, nursery owners, and other horty movers and shakers.

His extensive CV includes working for Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons (, the Gardens Department of the National Trust (, Assistant Head Gardener at world famous Barnsley House (, Head Gardener for a highly appointed private estate in the Coln Valley, and Head Gardener for award winning cookery school Thyme at Southrop (


He studied horticulture at Pershore College in Worcestershire studying Garden Design with Chris Beardshaw ( and attended Worcester University for science based lab work etc. During this time he worked for Telegraph Gardening writer Mary Keen in her private and well documented garden near Cirencester and also assisted CLA President Henry Robinson in his two acre garden 'Moor Wood', housing the national collection of rambling roses.


Four enjoyable  years at Barnsley House ( (former home of gardener and prolific writer Rosemary Verey and now a boutique hotel) included a year of preparation for the planting of a silver medal winning garden at Chelsea Flower Show devised by designer and writer Steven Woodhams (

He went on to work as Head Gardener for Sir Chris and Lady Evans  on their private estate in Bibury. With a large productive potager, glasshouses, fine lawns, swimming pools and herbaceous borders this garden was the epitome of a classic English garden.

His most recent position was Head Gardener at 'Thyme at Southrop' a beautiful 150 acre estate on the Gloucestershire/Oxfordshire border containing Southrop Manor,  luxury holiday lets, and a cookery school with gardens designed by Bunny Guinness (

Despite ending his full time position there he continued for several years  maintaining the cut-flower beds where he grew a large range of perennial and annual flowers for events in the Tithe Barn, the holiday cottages, and for quintessential English pub 'The Swan'.(


Joff is now available to look after your garden. Call 0787 956 5151