Arthur & Strange Ltd has been created from an idea by myself Andrew Tolman a professional gardener for 30 years and formerly a Senior Gardener to The Prince of Wales in his private garden at Highgrove for 11 years. There amongst many things I developed a passion for Topiary and as an experienced gardener I am always being asked which secateurs and other gardening tools I use & can recommend. Hence my idea to start a business based around bespoke pieces of Topiary, quality gardening tools & sundries. The name for this new business uses surnames from my mother’s side of the family having already used my surname from my father’s side in my other gardening business Andrew Tolman Professional Garden Services.
Arthur & Strange Ltd is based in the West Country between the Moor and the Sea on the edge of Exmoor National Park using the colour of the heather clad hills within the packaging that our products will be dispatched in. We are a small family business based on my past experience and on my current daily use of Secateurs, Pruning Saws, Trowels and other tools & sundries. I have been a member of the Professional Gardeners Guild for 12 plus years and the European Boxwood & Topiary Society for 8 plus years.
I left the employment of HRH at Highgrove in June 2013 to start my gardening business www.atpgardening.co.uk and moved to Somerset at the same time. This business has gone from strength to strength working on specialist maintenance, renovations and new projects currently from Devon to Shropshire.
The new business is a real family affair with Ross Hayes ( my oldest stepson) creating and maintaining the website, Tom Hayes ( my middle step son) creating all the images and videos and Emily Hayes ( my step daughter) responsible for packing the products for dispatch.