Highly respected gardener Thomas Stone is the next to feature in our series, telling us about the journey of his small business, marketing online and the services that Thomas Stone Horticulture can provide…
Can you give us a description of your business?
Well I am a small business called Thomas stone horticulture services ltd. I now prefer to use my vast experience to specialise in the more skilled areas of horticulture like pruning, wildlife and wildflower gardening including ponds and rivers. Of course, I plant all types of plants. I provide garden consultancy and advisory covering all problems within the garden from plant problems to staff employment. I also offer garden design, as well as the training of clients on site. For those interested, I enjoy giving talks to various groups around the country. Something I also enjoy doing is a regular garden blog and writing for different websites and publications. I am very lucky to be accepted as a full member of the chartered institute of horticulture and professional garden consultancy association.
What inspired you to start your business?
I started up really to provide people with a professional business that will provide skilled knowledge in horticulture, there seemed to be a gap in the area I work in, of those able to offer it.
Where are you based?
I am currently based in Chandlers Ford, which enables me to cover most of southern England.
How do you market your business? Are you online?
Marketing at the moment is done by word of mouth and I use the blog to get across my knowledge etc as well as using twitter, Instagram, professional member groups that have online search facilities, networking via LinkedIn and professional meeting groups. I also write for different websites to get more of a ‘footprint’ online.
What are your plans for the future?
Plans for the future really include moving more to consultancy roll, more educational work, with writing, Lectures, demonstrations and onsite training both in specialist areas or general areas, more pruning and plant training in all forms and carry on enjoying what I do.
To find out more about Thomas, take a look at his website and social media channels: