Andy Vernon (Creative Director)
Andy studied horticulture at Nottingham University and also completed an ERASMUS placement at the University of Gottingen in Germany to give him a joint honours
degree in Horticulture with European Studies.
He then added hands-on practical gardening experience to his skill set, by joining the Royal Horticultural Society, and trained as a horticultural apprentice on the Wisley Diploma for a year. Then came his first role as a botanical horticulturist with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London. At Kew, Andy gained experience firstly in the herbaceous department working in the woodland garden and alpine section, and then later joining the glasshouse department to work in the iconic Palm House and the tropical Waterlily House. During almost 5 years at Kew, Andy took a 6 month sabbatical to work at a newly established Botanic Park in the Cayman Islands, and also went to botanise and visit gardens across Cuba for 2 weeks, followed by a month studying tropical botany at the University of Miami and also volunteering in the herbarium of Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden.
Andy left Kew to join 'The Palm Centre' in Surrey as the Retail and Displays Manager and got a taste for display horticulture at RHS shows. However, after just a year he was offered an opportunity he couldn't ignore. A six month professional internship in Public Garden Management at the National Tropical Botanical Garden of the USA followed, based on Kauai, the oldest of the Hawaiian islands.
On returning to the U.K., Andy began a period of self-employed gardening and landscaping work in London. He also began working in the TV industry as a freelance specialist researcher on gardening programmes for Channel 4 and the BBC.
Andy joined the BBC permanently to become an assistant producer and later a producer/director and series producer across many of the BBC's biggest gardening brands: Gardeners' World, The RHS Chelsea Flower Show Coverage, BBC Gardener of the Year, Bees Butterflies & Blooms etc.
In 2012 Andy established flower powered media (previously 'planet dahlia ltd.') to bring together his experience and passion for horticulture and all areas of the gardening media.
Alongside 'flower powered media' Andy currently works part-time for the Royal Horticultural Society's Gardening Advisory Service, and is also involved in the work of the RHS Trials Department as a member of the Dahlia Committee.
On branding, logos and bespoke design projects I work closely with Sarah Loveday Studio. Sarah is an incredible artist, designer, illustrator and web specialist who I have called upon for her vision and artistic skills on a number of key projects.
Sarah is a total design enthusiast, a globetrotter and the mum of three young children. She has worked for many lifestyle brands, publishing houses and charities in the arts and education sectors.