About

About Alan Sargent

A Fellow of The Institute Of Horticulture and Founder of The Association of Professional Landscapers, Alan’s career spans more than four decades.

Starting out in 1968, he steadily built a landscape business, gaining experience by working on a wide range of projects, until, in 1982, he won a British Association of Landscape Industries Award for the Best Domestic Garden Scheme (designed by Robin Williams) and continued winning many awards over the years, including more than sixty Royal Horticultural Society medals at Chelsea, Hampton Court, Tatton Park and Gardeners World Live, initially as Project Manager and Constructor, and increasingly as Designer as well as builder.

Past Regional Chairman of The British Association of Landscape Industries, then National Council Member and Chairman of PR and Marketing, Member of The Institute of Groundsmanship, Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management, Garden Writers Guild, Traditional Paving Development Group, RHS Show Gardens Judge as well as Assessor and Chelsea Show Gardens Panellist. Alan is a Honorary Life Member of The Association of Professional Landscapers and Member of The Professional Gardeners Guild.

Having spent many years constructing gardens, mainly in the private sector, he became Head Gardener at Goodwood Estate between 2001 and 2007, achieving a lifelong ambition to be part of an Historic Garden, by restoring the Private gardens over that period.

Experience and accreditations:

Since 1968, career includes over sixty Royal Horticultural Society Show Gardens, Chelsea, Hampton Court, Gardeners World and Tatton Park
(Design, build and project manage)

Royal Horticultural Society Show Gardens Judge and Show Gardens Assessor
Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Shows Committee

Founder and Honorary Life Member of The Association of Professional Landscapers

Past National Council Member of The British Association of Landscape Industries
Chairman of PR & Marketing for BALI

Founder of the Professional Garden Consultants Association 

Founder of the Allandscapers Library 

Founder of The School of Garden Management

Fellow of The  Chartered Institute of Horticulture

Mentor for The  Chartered Institute of Horticulture

Full Member of The Professional Gardeners Guild

Full Member of The Garden Media Guild
(Finalist 2014 and 2016 Columnist of The Year Award)

Past Member of The Institute of Groundsmanship, Leisure and Amenity Management and consultant to The Moscow Academy of Landscape Architecture and Design

Head Gardener to Goodwood Estate 2001 – 2007

Industry Training with the APL and BALI
Plus Traditional Paving Development Group, University of West of England

Industry Representative, LANTRA 2007 – 2010

Author, The Head Gardeners Survival Manual (2012), The Landscapers Survival Manual (2013) and Personal Observations – Employing a Head Gardener or Gardens Manager (2017)

Columnist for The Horticulture Week and The Professional Gardener

Full Member of The Society of Authors

Member of The Senior Garden Advisers Association

Gardens Consultant to Harrow Boys School

South East Area Inspector for The Association of Professional Landscapers