English Gardens & Landscaping

English Gardens & Landscaping

2 employees
22 years in business

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Born in Yorkshire, England, Andrew Pighills is an accomplished stone artisan, gardener and horticulturist. He received his formal horticulture training with The Royal Horticultural Society at Harlow Carr Gardens in Harrogate Yorkshire, and has spent 31 years creating gardens and building dry stone walls in his native England, in and around the spectacular Yorkshire Dales and the English Lake District. Today, Andrew is one of an ever growing number of US-based professional members of The Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain. Having moved to the United States more than ten years ago, he now continues this venerable craft here in the US, building dry stone walls, stone structures and creating gardens throughout New England and beyond.

His particular technique of building walls adheres to the ancient methods of generations of dry stone wallers in his native Yorkshire Dales. Andrew’s commitment to preserving the integrity and endurance of this traditional building craft has earned him a devoted list of private and public clients here and abroad, including the English National Trust, the English National Parks, and the Duke of Devonshire estates. His stone work has been featured on British and American television, in Charles McCraven’s book The Stone Primer, and Jeffrey Matz’s Midcentury Houses Today, A study of residential modernism in New Canaan Connecticut. He has featured in the N Y Times, Yankee magazine, on Martha Stewart Living radio, and in the Graham Deneen  film short  “Dry Stone”, as well as various media outlets both here and in the UK, most recently in the 2017-2018 edition of Southern New England Home Magazine.

Andrew is a DSWA fully qualified dry stone walling instructor, and certified advanced craftsman. In addition to building in stone and creating gardens, Andrew teaches dry stone wall building workshops in and around New England. He is a frequent lecturer on the craft of dry stone walling, stone in the garden and how traditional UK walling styles compare to those found in New England.

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Stevenson, CT 06491
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Advanced craftsman with the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain

Certificate of Horticulture from The Royal Horticultural Society