Joff Elphick is an experienced gardener offering his services in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds and has worked in some of the areas finest gardens.
His extensive CV includes working for Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons (www.manoir.com), the Gardens Department of the National Trust (www.nationaltrust.org.uk), Assistant Head Gardener at world famous Barnsley House (www.barnsleyhouse.com), Head Gardener for a highly appointed private estate in the Coln Valley, and Head Gardener for award winning cookery school Thyme at Southrop (www.thyme.co.uk)
He studied horticulture at Pershore College in Worcestershire studying Garden Design with Chris Beardshaw (www.chrisbeardshaw.com) while attending Worcester University for science based lab work etc. During this time he worked for 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 (www.stephenwoodhams.com).
He went on to work as Head Gardener for Sir Chris and Lady Evans at his next position 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 has been as Head Gardener at 'Thyme at Southrop' a beautiful 150 acre estate on the Gloucestershire/Oxfordshire bordercontaining Southrop Manor, luxury holiday lets, and a cookery school with gardens designed by Bunny Guinness (www.bunnyguinness.com).
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'.(www.theswanatsouthrop.co.uk).