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Section 1 – Inspire




Garden Architects


Horticulturist, Garden Tutor, Garden Management, Designer

Working With You, Not For You



A well-planned and attractive garden will complement your home and provide interest with seasonal variations in shape, colour, texture and the natural life that will thrive around it. But, it will also give people their first impression of you, and after all, first impressions count.
Clients and their needs, communication and attention to detail are at the core of the business. Inspire are here to work with you by advising, guiding and supporting you.

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Section 3 – Welcome to Inspire

The Garden


The garden can portray many different moods, circular beds have an elegance about them, whereas sharp edges show a more strict and disciplined attack. The borders and beds in your garden can be any shape or size you want them to be, you can have specific areas for a group of your favourite plants, a hidden area that is quiet and private somewhere just to relax.


Woodland borders are more romantic and meditteranean borders are good on areas of the garden that get a lot of sun through the day. Walk through borders are highly sensuous as they allow you to get in among the plants to see, feel, touch and smell the fragrance of leaves and flowers. If you have a courtyard then a generous raised bed is ideal, and used at different levels creates a sense of space.

If you like art of any kind including photography the garden opens up a whole new spectrum to keep you occupied all through the year. A well planted and planned garden will give you different shades of colour to work with, this in turn attracts insects etc which can be photographed in situ and then drawn after, the use of sculptures in a garden is another form of art to be used and all along you are gaining extra knowledge of your subject


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Section 6 – Our services

Excellence In Garden Management.

Horticulturist : Garden Management : Garden Tutor : Designer

Horticulturist – My interest in plants and there importance in the garden started at a very early age, and brought with it a passion to bring out the best in every garden I have the pleasure to work with. the colour,fragrance and interest plants can bring to an outside space can be breathtaking, and just like I listen to my clients,the plants need listening to as well. Give them the TLC they need and they will reward you all through the year,each taking its turn while another takes a rest.

Garden Management – With thoughtful and careful planning, any garden from courtyard to small private,to large areas will ensure its long term enjoyability, usability and interest, making it a pleasure not a chore.a

Garden Tutor – Working alongside clients in the garden to teach horticultural practices with time served skills, to equip them with all that is needed to run a happy, healthy and successful garden. All lessons are tailored to suit each individual and there garden area.

Designer – Creating gardens that are not only useful, but usable and interesting, making that outdoor space your pleasant retreat at the end of the day or week.I create gardens for a purpose, your purpose, to suit your lifestyle,your needs and of course your budget.

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Garden Tutoring


Garden tutoring is a service I provide which is ideal for the client who wants to create the garden themselves yet may need a little guidance and direction in certain areas, such as layout, plants, materials etc. Working alongside them, they could be re-developing a property, re-shaping and planting a border, or maybe have a mature but overgrown and out-of-shape garden and would like to reclaim and renovate the space,or just want to like there garden.

Working with you means I get to do the heavy work for you, and be on hand to show you the best way to action other tasks, and how to do them. This allows you to learn as you work, and, when each project is finished you will have the knowledge to be able to keep it looking good throughout all the seasons.

  • One-to-one guidance and direction
  • Points that are not always found in books
  • Tasks that work based on experience from the practical side, rather than theory
  • Notes and information provided to you for looking back on if needed
  • The only way to learn about plants is to work with them, and understand them

On both of the above services, if you need any help in-between visits I am only the cost of a phone call away.

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Section 5 – Our experience

My experience

Mark Rice – Garden Architect

Dip GD (Inst. GD) Cert GD (H.C College); RHS General Exam Certificate

I started gardening when I was very young, helping my grandad in his garden, tending Roses, Dahlias, Chrysanthemums, and his precious tomatoes. I remember trimming the Aubrietia which grew so well over the path and being told off for giving the Roses too much water. (I was only 7).

After leaving school, I started work at Bristol Zoo, although initially I was based at their nursery area at Hollywood Towers, which is just off the Cribbs Causeway turn-off at Bristol. Here I learnt about fruit, vegetables, cut flower, and growing crops for both animal and human consumption, as well as mowing and strimming rough areas.

I then moved into the zoo itself, working on the tropical plant house, growing and cultivating Fuchsias, Geraniums, and creating seasonal hanging baskets. From there I moved into the ground tending the borders etc. planting spring and summer bedding displays, and being responsible for the plants in the Bird House, Reptile House and Monkey House.

My experience continued with a move to the cold and heated frames, cactus house and the cultivating of various spring and summer plants from seed and cuttings, this was also combined with a short spell with Orchids and Ferns.

I then spent some time with a landscaper and Bristol City Council Parks Dept, before a short time in sports retail. This was very valuable as a lesson in customer relations. I then took two courses in Garden Design, one with the Institute of Garden Design, where I received a Diploma in Garden Design, and the other with the Horticultural Correspondence College, where I obtained a Certificate of Design at distinction level. Inspire Garden Architects was formed in 1999.

My thanks go to the people who guided me in the early years, Gordon Bland, Mike Jeffries, John Parkes, Brian Palmer, Fred Iles, Mike Lewis. Thank you.

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Section 9 – Contact

Send A Message On The Garden Grapevine (Reply Within 24 Hours)

Mark Rice

18a Swiss Road

Weston super Mare

BS23 3AX