The Team

Caroline Butler

Training; with the national organization WFGA, completing 1 year advanced horticultural training year (Wrags 2006), spending a year working in a contemporary garden designed by Christopher Bradley Hole. 3 years maintaining a 2 acre private garden.
Distinction at Berkshire College of Agriculture in Garden design with Plantsmanship, and training in Garden Design at Sparsholt Agricultural College 1997 – 1999. Winner of National Award as Chris Beardshaw scholar 2011 -12.
Formally a secondary teacher of Art and Design, B.A. (Hons) PGCE, but craved the outdoors and greater personal creativity.

Christina Hughes Hind

Training: RHS Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture, the Work and Retrain as a Gardener Scheme, and an Award in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture with Thrive.

Experience: private gardening, a commercial nursery, and horticultural therapy projects.

Formerly a law-reform lawyer, now loving being outdoors and working with plants. So much more to learn.

Andrew Vernon

Training: Landscape construction within a prestigious Berkshire company.
Diploma in garden design at Merrist Wood (Distinction)

Experience: 5 years of maintenance, construction and design, before forming Vitis Landscape in 2011.

Andrew and Caroline have surveyed many gardens together. Notably, Andrew built the arced dry stone retaining wall featured on this Web site. A challenging build, but a stunning result.

Andrew will never compromise on the quality of his work and is always willing to work with new materials and methods. Andrew started aged around 6, building ponds lined with a black bin liner – since then he has always used the best materials!