“what makes people shop at DIY centers for their garden instead of garden centers?”
I’m a TV Gardener and presenter on ITV’s Love Your Garden. I write a weekly gardening column for The Sunday Mirror newspaper and head up community gardening campaign Cultivation Street.
Getting into gardens
My first venture into the fascinating world of gardens was selling plants at the local church fair. Eventually I started growing my own plants to sell.
Soon I was spending my spare time cutting lawns and helping pensioners with their flower beds. Talking to those garden lovers developed a passion for gardening that’s stayed with me.
I left school and took an apprenticeship with a large nursery grower. But I wasn’t content with just practical knowledge, so I went on to spend time at three horticultural colleges to obtain all the qualifications I needed.
Joining the gardening industry
I began working at a garden centre, starting as a plant advisor and progressing through supervisor and management roles to become the head plant buyer. I loved the role, sourcing the best quality specimens from thousands of plants for my discerning customers.
After a decade as head of garden buying departments for multiple retailers, I left corporate life to become totally immersed in hands-on gardening. I was a born-again horticulturist!
Now I have my own company that designs gardens and creates events for RHS shows. I also have the incredible opportunity to present TV programmes, and hope to use my passion for plants to inspire others to get gardening.
David’s company, Domoney Ltd, encompasses a skilled and talented group of horticulture, landscaping and event project management professionals. The team has evolved over a ten year period and with David at its creative core, now produces features and events at prestigious venues and shows both in the UK and further afield.