1934 moving seven ton rock 1948 Chelsea Forest of Dean Sandstone Chelsea Flower Show 1954 Chelsea Flower Show bridge 1954
Through the 20′s and 30′s Colonel Gavin Jones acquired a reputation for high-quality landscaping and undertook many large and prestigious projects in the noble houses and parklands around the Home Counties.

Working in both the public and private sectors, Gavin Jones continued to expand his activities establishing an enviable reputation for undertaking every kind of landscaping project, thus began his successful displays at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Gavin Jones’ Rock Gardens attracted the attention of many well-known dignitaries of his era. The young Princess Margaret can be seen here enjoying at one of the Colonels many show gardens to grace the Chelsea Flower Show.
Jones worked with natural rocks such as sandstone weighing up to seven tons to create his spectacular gardens. The giant pieces of rock were moved using man power,  Jones was insistent this would make the garden look ‘natural’ with a ‘firm and effortless harmony of a hill, vale, cliff or slope’.
1934 moving seven ton rock“The creation of a Rock Garden is like bringing a landscape painting to an otherwise dull and conventional room. We can do without it, but why should we?” – Gavin Jones

In the 1980’s the business saw a new environmental awareness and promoted the growth and importance of the commercial landscape industry.  As Colonel Jones had now retired ‘Gavin Jones Ltd’ embraced a change of ownership in 1988, the company acquired a new management team who extended operations to include domestic gardens – design, landscape and maintenance.
Trading under the title “Squires Landscape” the Garden Design division continued to gain many Gold and Silver RHS awards at both Chelsea and Hampton Court flower show.

Today, our domestic design and build teams are located within the Plantation Nursery at Woburn Hill, Surrey and trade as Gavin Jones Plantation Landscape.