About Us


Muddy Wellies Gardens

Muddy Wellies Gardens

At Muddy Wellies Gardens we aim to offer the best possible service to all of our customers and clients.  We value customer feedback as this helps us to improve our quality and range of gardening services.

We seek out and invest in the right staff all of whom have a genuine passion and interest in horticulture or garden design & landscaping.

Our team are approachable, friendly and hard working. We actively encourage knowledge sharing and ongoing learning. We also conduct seasonal training sessions for all of our staff. Our clients and their gardens benefit greatly from the valuable knowledge within the team.

Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Helen Fresson

BA(Hons) Design, RHS Dip. Hort.


Helen worked in the industry and gained her RHS qualifications before setting up Muddy Wellies Gardens in 2008. She is the original driving force behind Muddy Wellies Gardens. Helen and Harry have gone on to build up a business with a great team and solid reputation for quality gardening services.


Harry Curtis

FdSc Global Plant Use, BSc Hort


Harry Studied for his BSC(hons) in Horticulture and Global plant use at Dutchy college. He worked as a gardener at Trebah Gardens for a number of years gaining valuable working knowledge of Cornish gardens. Harry is a previously a director of H2Organics, Aquaponic growing systems. He is a talented horticulturalist and landscaper and brings this knowledge and experience to Muddy Wellies Gardens.


Toby Dawson

Team Leader
HND Hort, BSc Hort


After starting in horticulture as a plantsman over 25 years ago it has been a constant joy to be in a position to be able to add beauty to the gardens and landscapes in which I have worked. I studied at Askham Bryan College in York, gaining distinctions in Horticulture and Landscape management at HND and Bsc level, but have not stopped learning since. 

Having spent 5 years running my own garden design business I became the Head Gardener of the botanically significant Trevarno Estate until its unfortunate closure. Happy I left some considerable legacy planting of Chinese magnolias and the odd dragon!

Recently I have managed the restoration and development of the derelict 18 acre gardens at Killiganoon Manor.

With a wealth of experience I am now pleased to join the team at Muddy Wellies where I will endeavour to continue to share my knowledge and further add to the beauty of the Cornish landscape. If you don't find me in a garden, my head will be in a book or with my hands on my bass guitar playing in a reggae band.


Doris Mckellar

Team Leader
RHS Dip. Hort

Trained at Kew


Ten years ago I returned from a trip to Mexico enthused about plants and keen to be a gardener. I started out volunteering for the National Trust and getting my first RHS qualifications and moved on to training at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens. I moved to Cornwall to work in the Eden Project biomes, but after a couple of years I missed being out in the fresh air and joined Muddy Wellies as a Team Leader. I love Mediterranean plants and succulents, so working in Cornwall is ideal!

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Jonathan Oultram

Landscape Team Leader



Jonathans profile is coming soon . . . .

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Stewart Watson

Garden Designer and Landscaper

HND Garden & Landscape Design

RHS Level 2 Dip. Hort.

Most people in Horticulture always attribute someone as being their inspiration to getting the gardening ‘bug’. I cant say that I ever did. As a small boy, I was fascinated by anything living and growing. While my dad would take my brother to model racing and go karting, I’d beg to go to a garden center, much to his dismay! I’ve just always felt an affinity to plants and the natural world.
I've been a gardener since 2016. In that time I have completed an HND in Garden and Landscape design at Eden Project Learning and the RHS Level 2 in Practical Horticulture at Duchy college. Now I’m really excited to be able to be designing and building some beautiful gardens with the rest of the Muddy Wellies Gardens team. 

Tom Armstrong

Gardener & Horticulturalist

RHS Level 2 Dip. Hort

RHS Level 3 Dip. Hort


Originally from Herefordshire I have long been passionate about horticulture and working in the outdoors. When I moved to Cornwall I knew that I wanted to gain further experience, skills and knowledge in the area. In the following 2 years I gained an RHS Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture, and an RHS Level 3 qualification in Practical Horticulture. Being part of the team at Muddy Wellies has been a priviledge as it has allowed me to work in some beautiful gardens alongside very talented and passionate professionals. 


Oliver Harper

Gardener & Horticulturalist

Dip. Hort

RHS level 2 Dip. Hort


After first working as a seasonal gardener in Falmouth in 2013 I moved to London to better my horticultural knowledge and receive formal training and qualifications.

I was fortunate to be accepted onto the Royal Parks Apprenticeship scheme based at Bushy and Richmond Park where I received Level 2 and 3 Diplomas in Work Based Horticulture, RHS Level 2 Qualifications and other practical certificates working in truly spectacular gardens and open parkland.

After my apprenticeship I worked for a landscaping company in West London before relocating to Cornwall, where my passion for horticulture first developed. Here i worked for Wheelbarrow gardening in Fowey before joining the Muddy Wellies Gardens team.

I am a passionate, hardworking Gardener with a love for all aspects of horticulture, large shrubs in particular and I look forward to bringing my knowledge and experience of working in award winning parks and gardens to Muddy Wellies Gardens.

Outside of work you will find me somewhere on the coast bodyboarding or walking and enjoying the beautiful Cornish scenery.



James Dungey

Gardener & Horticulturalist

Level 2 Dip. Hort 


I am a very keen gardener and have been for a number of years. I enjoy working outdoors and making a garden look its best. I like having a hands on role and get satisfaction from seeing a garden develop and bloom.

I enjoy working at Muddy Wellies Gardens as there is always the opportunity to learn something new and to improve my skill set, each day brings a different challenge. Along side this i am studding towards my level 2 horticulture qualifications at Duchy college. 

I am dedicated to my work and enjoy researching garden plants and shrubs in my spare time.

When I am not in the garden you will find me on the water kayaking or fishing!

A few words from...

Sylvia Geach, Falmouth

I contacted Muddy Wellies Gardening Services for help with the overgrown jungle that was my back garden. Helen and her team could not have been more helpful. The whole design process was so enjoyable and I now have an oasis in the garden. It is so much more than I could have imagined.