We started The Watered Garden in February 2017 inside our parents' conservatory, not really knowing what we were getting ourselves into. I had just left my job as a youth worker and Chris had just changed careers to be a teacher. We were getting married in 10 months and wanted to build our own terrarium centerpieces, and so the plant collection began. Little did we know that a few trays of rescued houseplants in a conservatory would turn into Nottingham’s first houseplant shop....the more we learnt, the more we realised how popular exotic plants were becoming, and how hard they were to get hold of.
We’d seen the beautiful units in Sneinton Market early in 2017, with their glass fronts and windows in the ceiling that would be perfect for keeping plants. We knew we had to get a space there, and in doing so we found a home for The Watered Garden. Family and friends got alongside our idea, and after 3 months of building and fitting out, we finally turned it into a business in July 2017. Chris has had to go back to work, and I now work full time in the shop. We do have hired help though in the form of our shop dog Ezra, who works full time in exchange for tummy tickles and cuddles.