Rupert and Sara Eley took over the garden in 1995, and opened the plant centre in 1996. Rupert is the fourth generation of his family to garden at East Bergholt Place, his great-grandfather Charles having started to lay out the gardens at the turn of the last century. As well as Rupert and Sara, Cuthbert and Rosie (their two children) you may also spot Puff the terrier, Blue the peacock, a white peahen and her fast growing chick.
Rupert has been a keen gardener since childhood and after an early career in the City trained in horticulture at Hadlow College.
Rupert now serves on several of The Royal Horticultural Society’s Committees and is involved with the Suffolk Agricultural Association and Tree Register of the British Isles.