Horti but nice

Meet the Plant Centre team

Liz: Founder, MD and Buyer

"It's the people that make this place special"

Liz was Planty ever since helping Dad with organic veg growing in the '70s, and created this place to fulfil need for interesting plants (and for a challenge).  Likes wildflowers, wildlife gardening, cake. 
Living & gardening near Knighton, Liz is also dogmother to a whole herd of rescue dogs.

Ian: Company Secretary, Husband, etc. etc. etc.

Ex-BBC Ian can offer advice on anything electrical/audio-visual/hi-fi ... oh and plant care.
Excellent cook, dogfather and bass player, Ian is also chief fixer of hoses, trolleys, computers and other things.

Tanya:  No.1 Horticulturalist

Born in a seed tray and raised in a growbag, Tanya has worked in horticulture all her life. Her last role before joining us was with the RHS (yes - what a coup!). She loves to share her knowledge of plants & gardens and we all learn from her.
Her partner Tom is also horti and they have a cute pupster called Daisy. ​

Angela: Buyer, Office Manager, Queen of Pots

Angela's role covers many things, including quite a lot of buying now. In fact at this rate Liz can retire soon!

The pots outside her house attract attention and new customers. She's a keen horsewoman, makes good cakes, has rescue dogs, cats & horses, many interests and a growing family. She's vital to keeping Liz sane/calm. ​

Sarah: Signwriter, Bookkeeper, organic grower and more

It's Sarah's writing that you will see on signs around the shop and plant area. She is of course an artist/crafter and, despite having a young family, she still finds time to do Quickbooks and so much more for us.
She knows her onions, and keeps us organised!

Michele: Head of Merchandising & Loveliness

Michele is a professional florist and had her own shops for many years. Great at displays, she brightens our days, and has taught us all how to wrap a plant up as a gift.
She gardens at home with husband Jeremy and their cockerpoo, Milo.

Jane: Down to earth Slight-technophobe

Having come to us from 'the other gift shop' in town, Jane has loads of retail experience and is no stranger to soil, seeds, weeds and all that jazz.
Always cheerful and chatty, she has two grown-up girls, a hubby, garden, chickens and several rescue dogs (notice a theme here?).

Sophie: Houseplant Guru

So much more than our token young person, Sophie joined us in Spring 2019 and fits right in. She loves houseplants, is building rapidly her outdoor-plants knowledge, and brings great energy, enthusiasm and customer service to the team.
Sophie has a degree in Drawing and Printmaking, likes horses and has a partner and a Spanish rescue dog, Willow.   

Fiona: All-round lovely arty Nurturer of The Plants

With us from the very start, Fiona knows the Plant Centre inside (and) out.
She's a safe pair of hands, enhancer of the shop and great plant-carer; artist (with a degree in Illustration) and keen gardener at home, her family includes a partner, grown-up son and a pupster called Rusty.

Steph: Gardening Sculptor & Cake monitor

Steph joined us in 2018 and is also local sculptor Stephanie Jacobs.
She is building up a good gardening knowledge base and getting her bearings with our huge inventory and quirky computer.
When all around her are losing our heads, she saves the day with her exceptional cups of tea and biscuits.

Andrew: Multi-prize-winning Grower

When he's not exhibiting at Malvern, Burwarton or any number of other shows where he always wins prizes for plants, produce and art, Andrew may be found in our plant area once a week, weeding and watering, potting-on and making everything better.

His tomato and other veg-plants are on sale here every year, always top-quality plants. If you encounter Andrew out there, discussions with him must be face to face, so he can lip read.
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