Gardening - How it all started...........
Robert Johnson was born and brought up in the chilly Lake District in Cumbria. His fascination of plants started at the tender age of 3 years old, fueled by hunger! He would empty his Dad's pots of Cyclamen in the garden to 'sample' the corms! After a few trips around garden centres, he saw some pretty weird things hanging from a display house. He asked what they were and his Dad gave him his first 'House Plant Spotter' book by Dr Hessyen. This fueled the fascination and it didn't take long to get hooked. At 16 Robert enrolled on a YTS scheme, stayed a second year, studied hard and passed the City & Guilds Certificates in Amenity Horticulture 1 & 2 at Newton Rigg College in Penrith.
Robert spent several years furthering his skills working on private estate gardens in Cumbria before moving to semi-rural Clanfield in Hampshire to marry Jane. The first summer in Hampshire was spent working at Stansted House in West Sussex restoring the walled gardens. Once the season was over, Rob was encouraged by the need for 'proper gardeners' in the area and decided to set up on his own. This was a great success and Robert quickly built a regular client base consisting of some large and complex gardens in and around the area. Sadly Clanfield started to become surrounded by a sea of houses springing up everywhere which spoilt the feel of the rural village. So, when Jane was made redundant from her job as a Financial Advisor, the decision was made to switch to a more rural area. Cornwall seemed very attractive but the prices were almost as high as Hampshire, then West Wales looked really interesting...... A holiday in Capel Isac in the beautiful Towy valley Easter 2003 was the deciding factor - West Wales it was to be!
Robert applied to work at the Botanic Gardens in Llanarthne and was offered a position as Horticulturist so the hunt for a house started. A house in Pen-y-groes, Carmarthenshire was quickly decided on and the whole process of selling and buying began. A few shorts weeks before the move in October 2003 disaster struck! the Botanic Gardens were in financial difficulty and having to shed nearly all their staff, this meant Robert would not be starting after all. Almost as soon as the move took place Robert and Jane set about replicating the gardening services previously offered in Hampshire and the rest is history!
Pet Sitting - How It All Started..........
Jane & Rob Johnson have a lifetimes experience of caring for pets and livestock. Rob grew up in Cumbria (south lakes) surrounded by pets and livestock and enjoyed many years running a busy small holding with his father Harry. Jane has been passionate about dogs and animal welfare for as long as she can remember and worked tirelessly for a dog rescue charity in Hampshire for 10 years and also several rescues here in Wales. Whilst living in Hampshire Jane & Rob had quite a menagerie including over 100 assorted birds, ferrets, guinea pigs, rabbits, degu's, rats, hamsters, gerbils, dogs and more! Jane & Rob and their family relocated to Wales in October 2003 and set up the business allowing plenty of space and time for their own pets. Currently they have 6 dogs, 5 parrots, 19 hens, and a pair of Cellestial Parrotlets. They are always on hand to talk freely about pets and like to help with the local animal rescues when called upon and time permits.
Advice relating to pets, plants and items for sale is given freely, so please email us if you have any questions or queries.
Our TV Documentary!
We were fortunate to be involved for almost a year filming a TV documentary for Welsh Channel 4 (S4C). The documentary called 'Croeso I Gymru' (or 'Welcome to Wales') was shown from Monday 29th November through to Saturday 5th December 2004.