Antony Henn has been involved in horticulture all his life. His mother and father, Hans and Anna, started one of the first garden centres in the UK in 1959, The Dutch Nursery in Hertfordshire, which Antony and his four brothers and sister helped to develop through the 80s and 90s. The family still run the garden centre to this day!
Setting up his design and landscaping business Gardensforlife in1992 Antony worked on many amazing garden projects for prestigious clients, one of his favourite projects was a stunning Japanese water feature for Sir Paul McCartney.
During the 90s Antony worked on many gardening shows most memorably Gardeners’ World in 1996 and a wonderful series Roots and Shoots based in the west country from 2002.
Gardenonaroll was devised by Antony in 2009 while helping to plant a school garden. He drew circles and letters on wallpaper to mark where to plant, so for the children it was like planting by numbers. This is where the business idea took root!
Whilst still running a successful garden design business, Antony started developing the Gardenonaroll concept by testing various bio-degradable paper materials to monitor their weed suppressant qualities and rate of decomposition.
At the same time testing out various plant combinations to achieve the best results for the average width of border as there was very little help for the non-gardener in any book or TV show.
After 2 years of product testing and fine tuning Gardenonaroll was launched on QVC in March 2011 and has been selling border kits throughout the UK and Ireland ever since.
Gardenonaroll has been featured in numerous publications and won many innovation awards since launching and has numerous testimonials from happy customers many with before and after photos.
Since March 2013 GOAR has been supplying border kits to Homebase customers nationwide with sales doubling year on year, in fact we are their top selling on-line plant product for 2015!.