Firey shades of Autumn turn to golden embers.

Saying farewell is never easy, gardeners regularly welcome seasonal colour and flowers onto their gardens palette. Autumn gives us gardeners the opportunity to say goodbye to cherished plants in triumphant accolades that burn firey glowing embers all autumn long.

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As realistic gardeners prepare for the inevitable changes that await us in November, we are presented with an opportunity to appreciate all that has past and all that is to follow.

Like the autumn I’m preparing for change, it’s time to say farewell to a garden that has left an indelible impression on every aspect of my life. I’m stronger, fitter, wiser a better manager, having had the opportunity to develop my skill set, learn how to manage several gardens and offer support to teams of gardeners in several locations and countries.

My next move is a strategic one, I have been fortunate enough to secure a Head Gardener role in a larger garden on a prestigious private estate. My new role gives me the chance to put everything I have learnt over the last 30 years in professional horticulture, into practice.

The following photographs are my tribute to a stunning garden that I have had the pleasure to call home for three glorious and challenging seasons. Enjoy an autumn stroll with me, I love to chat so feel free to connect with me on Gardentags, Facebook or Twitter or better still leave a comment and I will be sure to respond.

Grow with me on


Stephen Pryce-Lea

Head Gardener and International Horticultural Consulatant




“It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion grow together, when you find it in a Garden it’s like finding Paradise“

iGrowHort – A Head Gardener’s Horticultural Journey of love, life and learning.



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Award winning, 40 something year old professional plantsman and horticulturalist with National Trust, private parks and estate management background. My vast plant knowledge and hands on techinical experience, afforded me the opportunity to work in various horticultural landscapes, in the UK, USA & Eastern Europe. Having worked in both garden retail & the design service industry gave me the practical diversity and managerial skill set, required for running a large prestigious gardens and stately homes. I strongly believe knowledge is to be shared and have worked closely with people and staff of all ages and abilities keen to develop their passion for gardening, including groups of children, special needs and adults. I have hosted guided walks, talks and tours for those keen to learn about cultivated and wild plants, garden development, history and design. As an member of the NNCPG and National Trust, I am actively involved in the preservation of several important plant collections both in public and private gardens throughout the UK. “It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion grow together, in a garden it’s paradise” Follow @IGrowHort on GardenTags. Stephen is passionate about gardening as Head Gardener with a team of ten staff he manages a prestigious Cheshire country estate of 55 acres, inc wild flower meadows, woodland, organic kitchen and formal gardens. Follow Stephen today”

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