About Us

RHS award winning John Horsey MA runs private courses at Burrow Farm Gardens in Dalwood, Axminster in Devon. The courses allow more time for learning and avoid the stress of examinations and assignments. This is the basis of the Diploma in Horticulture as well as the Certificate in Garden History.
John has over 45 years' experience in the horticultural industry as a landscape gardener and specialist commercial grower. John is now a professional horticultural and environmental lecturer and is well known for his expertise on all things horticultural and environmental.

John’s career started on a commercial chrysanthemum and cut flower nursery and following college he started as a gardener in a large amenity garden near Ringwood in Hampshire. He progressed to Head Gardener before leaving to start his own maintenance and landscape company with an emphasis on wildlife gardening.

John established a nursery specialising in alpines, aquatics and unusual perennials. His lifelong experience has resulted in many medals and awards at major RHS shows and other gardening events, with contributions to local radio and many talks and lectures to gardening and wildlife groups.

A Growing Fascination

John has had a fascination with the natural world since his earliest days and has travelled throughout Europe studying plants and animals and seeking ways in which we can grow our food crops and create gardens whilst still respecting and preserving the wonderful natural world around us.  He is now a Fellow of The Linnean Society.

Following his lifelong interest in garden history John initiated, established and ran the Foundation Degree in Garden History and Heritage Horticulture at Hestercombe Gardens in association with the University of the West of England.  John completed a Masters’ Degree in Garden History at the University of Bristol under Professor Timothy Mowl.


Burrow Farm Gardens

The courses take place in the attractive, purpose-built meeting room at Burrow Farm Gardens at Dalwood, near Axminster on the Devonshire/Somerset county boundaries.

Burrow Farm Gardens are very extensive and have been created over the last 50 years by Mary and John Benger.  The Gardens have a range of different styles including the Cottage Garden Terrace, the Pergola Walk, a formal Millennium Rill Garden and an Anniversary Garden with late summer flowering perennials and grasses.

The Woodland Garden is set in an ancient Roman clay pit and includes a natural pool.  A stream runs the length of the garden with an Azalea Glade flanking an extensive Wildflower Meadow.

Burrow Farm Gardens have a superb range of plants and give an excellent opportunity for practical activities and plant identifications.

These landscaped Gardens extend to nearly 13 acres with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside which complement the spacious lawns, unusual shrubs and trees and herbaceous borders beautifully.

Burrow Farm Gardens | Dalwood | Axminster | East Devon | EX13 7ET