Founder Clive Lodge’s career began at the age of 15, in his native Northern England. Whilst studying horticulture at college, Clive completed extensive hands on training in a large public park.
Further study followed, qualifying Clive as a Horticulture Technician. After four years working as a tutor, sharing his knowledge with those wishing to follow in his footsteps, Clive made the leap towards fulfilling his dreams and began his own landscaping company, serving private and commercial clients in and around his local area.
Clive’s talents were spotted by a prominent English entrepreneur in 1987, and he was head-hunted to become the head gardener at his mansion in Hampshire, Southern England. His works gained him national press recognition, and soon his services were in huge demand to work on the gardens at some of England’s most beautiful and stately homes.
One of these houses was the Regency mansion Hoveton Hall, Norfolk. Clive was appointed head gardener in 1991 by the Buxton family who wanted to develop the 20 acre gardens and turn them into a popular tourist attraction. The gardens are open to the public to date, and prove to be a popular venue for photo shoots and wedding receptions.
Clive’s work gained international recognition in 1997 when he was interviewed by the late Rosemary Verey OBE – a renowned garden designer and writer. So impressed was she by his skills that she recommended him for the post of gardener and estate manager for a world famous fashion designer. Clive was offered the post, which would mean a move to the USA to tend to the 55 acre estate in Connecticut. This garden gained a huge amount of media recognition, becoming one of the premier private gardens in the North East.
The company Clive Lodge LLC was formed in 2006, and has grown and prospered ever since. Clive’s services are in constant demand, both by members of the public and well-known faces.